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Postverbal subjects and agreement: specificational copular clauses in Faroese

  • In this paper we discuss a type of copular clause – specificational copular clauses – in which subject properties may be split between two nominative noun phrases. In particular, while the first noun phrase occupies the canonical preverbal subject position, in some languages the finite verb can agree with the postverbal nominative. Such agreement might be expected, on some theoretical assumptions, to show person restrictions. We discuss this phenomenon in two SVO Germanic languages – Icelandic and Faroese – and present new data from Faroese showing that the person effect here follows from the existence of distinct probes for Number and Person agreement.

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Author:Jutta Hartmann, Caroline Heycock
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-88859
DOI:https://doi.org/10.26346/1120-2726-129
ISSN:1120-2726
Parent Title (English):Italian journal of linguistics = Rivista di linguistica
Publisher:Pacini editore
Place of publication:Pisa, Italien
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2018
Date of Publication (online):2019/06/03
Publicationstate:Veröffentlichungsversion
Reviewstate:Peer-Review
GND Keyword:Färöisch; Isländisch; Kopulasatz; Nominalphrase
Volume:30
Issue:2
First Page:187
Last Page:211
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Grammatikforschung
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG