Variation in dative in Faroese

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The aim of this article is to investigate variation in object case marking in
Faroese and the ongoing change from dative objects to accusative objects in
Modern Faroese. In this investigation I try to determine what influences this
change: Is it influenced by the morphological form of the noun phrase, the semantics of the verb, language contact with Danish or an interaction between
these three factors? Furthermore it is necessary to see if synonymous Nom/
Acc native verbs influence Nom/Dat verbs. To seek answers to these questions I
conducted three different grammaticality judgment tests among young people,
17–20 years of age, in the Faroe Islands, and I have compared these data with the
results of a search in a text database (
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSyntactic variation in Insular Scandinavian
EditorsHøskuldur Thráinsson, Caroline Heycock, Hjalmar P. Petersen, Zakaris S. Hansen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9789027208569
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Germanic Linguistics
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company


  • language change
  • case loss
  • language contact
  • verb semantics
  • proto-agent
  • proto-patient
  • prototypical dative verbs
  • lexical diffusion
  • Faroese


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