Seminar: Ida Larsson on variation and change in the Scandinavian verb phrase
Professor Ida Larsson (ILN) is our final speaker this autumn.
Professor Ida Larsson (ILN) leads the project Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase, https://www.hf.uio.no/iln/english/research/projects/variation-and-change-in-the-scandinavian-verb-phra/index.html. In her talk, she will present ongoing work on the order between objects and verbal particles. Abstract below:
Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase: on the order between objects and verbal particles
The Mainland Scandinavian languages generally show the same word order patterns, with the order between objects and verbal particles as one interesting exception. Whereas Danish only allows the order object–particle, Swedish only accepts the order particle–object, and Norwegian allows both orders. Old Danish and Old Swedish are like Norwegian (Old Norse and Icelandic), but have developed in different ways. In this talk, I trace the development in Danish and Swedish, and point to possible explanations to the divergence. Since the Mainland Scandinavian languages are otherwise so similar (both with respect to syntax and socio-historical factors), the study of the different diachronic developments in Danish and Swedish, and the stability in Norwegian, can shed light on how general linguistic principles and language-specific properties interact in linguistic change.