The position of subject and finite verb in American Danish sentences with a fronted element

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Karoline Kühl, Jan Heegård Petersen

The paper investigates the placement of subject and finite verb in topicalized, i.e. non-subject initial declarative main clauses in North American Danish. European Danish adheres to the V2-rule and thus requires inversion, while North American Danish allows for non-inversion, i.e. [X]SV word order. Based on a sample of approx. 1700 tokens of topicalized declarative clauses produced by 64 speakers, we observe a general stability of V2 in North American Danish. In order to explain the instances of non-V2, we employ both linguistic and sociolinguistic factors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Language Contact
Volume12
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)413-440
Number of pages28
ISSN1877-4091
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - language contact, Danish language, migration, North American Danish, syntax

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