Null Referential Subjects in Övdalian

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In this article, Övdalian null subjects are introduced and analysed. A general background to Övdalian is provided, whereupon the possible null subjects (wįð ('we') and ið ('you')) are presented. Interestingly, these null subjects do not appear in the same syntactic positions; whereas null ið seems to be unrestricted, null wįð may only appear in positions immediately preceding the finite verb. It is suggested that null wįð has emerged through a reanalysis, in which imperative clauses in 1p plural have been interpreted as indicative, while null ið is possible since the pronoun ið has merged with the verb affix, i.e, it has become a clitic. The properties of null subjects in Övdalian is then used in a critical discussion concerning Platzack's (2003, 2004) hypothesis regarding null subjects and partial null subject languages, and, finally, some other Germanic partial null subject languages are discussed in the light of Sigurðsson (2004).


  • Henrik Rosenkvist
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature


  • null subjects, Övdalian, syntax
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-267
JournalNordic Journal of Linguistics
Issue number03
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

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

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