Surprising facts in Swedish Grammar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


In this paper I discuss two surprising facs in Swedish grammar, the presence of a particular active verb form, the supine, after auxiliary have in perfect and pluperfect, and the free word order found in the middle fielld of main clauses. The supine is not found in any other Germanic language, and is presumably to be seen as a result of a historical coincidence. The free word order in the middle fielld is not matched in the other Mainland Scandinavian languages, and can also be seen as a coincidence, the result of a number of other properties. There does not seem to be any functional motivation for the surprising behavior of Swedish grammar in these respects.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
JournalActa Sueco-Polonica
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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)