Ditransitives in Faroese: The distribution of IO/DO and PP

Cherlon Ussery, Hjalmar Páll Petersen

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This paper examines the acceptability of the double object and prepositional frames for ditransitives in Faroese. We build on previous literature which has discussed various factors which may influence speakers’ use of one frame over the other. We report the findings of a judgment study in which we examined the degree to which semantic properties of verbs and length of the indirect object affect speakers’ acceptability of each frame. Our findings suggest that verbal semantics affect the acceptability of the prepositional construction, but not the double object construction. Our findings, however, do not directly support a heavy-late effect, unlike what has been reported in previous literature on Faroese (most notably by Fiebig 2012).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDitransitives in Germanic Languages
Subtitle of host publicationSynchronic and diachronic aspects
EditorsEva Zehntner, Melainie Röthlisberger, Timothy Colleman
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789027249715
ISBN (Print)9789027213914
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameStudies in Germanic Linguistics


  • Faroese
  • Ditransitives
  • verbal semantics
  • drift


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