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The syntax and meaning of subject doubling in Övdalian

Chapter in book
Authors Henrik Rosenkvist
Published in Studies in Övdalian Morphology and Syntax. New research on a lesser-known Scandinavian language.
Pages 107–135
ISBN 9789027257048
Publisher John Benjamins
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 107–135
Language en
Keywords grammatik, syntax, älvdalska, subjekt
Subject categories General Language Studies and Linguistics, Specific Languages, Scandinavian languages


This chapter contains a presentation and an analysis of Övdalian subject doubling. After discussing elicitation techniques and methods, I present the actual data. Next, I turn to the syntactic restrictions of the construction, demonstrating that a V2-context (i.e., a root context), an initial subject and a certain type of adverbial expressing speaker attitude are obligatory for this construction. Also subject doubling in other languages is introduced and discussed, with a focus on doubling in Dutch dialects. It is argued that the meaning of the Övdalian subject doubling construction is to express polarity focus. In the final section of the paper, the hypothesis that the subject doubler is not a pronoun, but rather a realisation of φ-agreement in a functional polarity head (Σ), is launched.

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