The have/be alternation in contemporary Faroese

Hjalmar Páll Petersen, Caroline Heycock

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This article investigates the status of the alternation in Faroese between have (hava) and be
(vera) as auxiliaries combining with the past participle / supine. We present the results of
two online questionnaire studies and argue that the data indicate that in Faroese the have/
be alternation is an alternation of perfect auxiliaries, like Danish but unlike the other
Scandinavian languages, where be can only be used to convey resultant state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalActa Linguistica Hafniensia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Faroese
  • Perfect
  • Resultative


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