An unexpected gap with unexpected restrictions : subject deletion in a South West Swedish dialect

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The aim of this article is to propose a syntactic analysis of a dialectal con- struction systematically displaying deletion of the subject, found in spoken south-west Swedish. The deletion appears in certain interrogative subordi- nated clauses and relative clauses, where standard Swedish requires a re- sumptive pronoun, which hence can be left out in the dialectal clause con- struction. The proposed analysis takes as its point of departure the assump- tion that the construction exemplifies a special kind of Topic drop. As a consequence, the syntactic analysis requires an elaborated C-domain, and a Split CP analysis is proposed. It is claimed that Spec,TP must be phoneti- cally realized in standard Swedish but not in the dialect counterpart.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLund, Sweden : Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameWorking papers in Scandinavian Syntax

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)