V-to-I and V2 in subordinate clauses: an investigation of Faroese in relation to Icelandic and Danish

  • Caroline HeycockEmail author
  • Antonella Sorace
  • Zakaris Svabo Hansen
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In this article we investigate the status of two different types of movement in subordinate clauses in Faroese: the movement of the finite verb to a position below the subject but above negation and medial adverbs (V-to-I), and the movement of some XP and the finite verb to positions above the subject (V2). The exact status of these phenomena in contemporary Faroese, a language that has been argued to be undergoing syntactic change, is a matter of dispute; we attempt to clarify this using the methodology of Magnitude Estimation (ME). We extend what is known by presenting the results of a systematic comparison of judgment data from Icelandic (where the finite verb obligatorily moves to a high position within the clause, and embedded V2 has been claimed to be possible quite generally), Danish (where the finite verb obligatorily remains in a low position, and embedded V2 has been claimed to be restricted), and Faroese (where the status of verb movement is precisely at issue, and the availability of embedded V2 has been little explored).


Danish Faroese Icelandic Verb-movement Verb-second 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Heycock
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antonella Sorace
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zakaris Svabo Hansen
    • 3
  1. 1.Linguistics & English Language, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language SciencesUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.CASTL, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and EducationUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  3. 3.Føroyamálsdeildin, Fróðskaparsetur Føroya, V. U. Hammershaimbs gøta 16TórshavnFaroe Islands

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