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Word Order in Övdalian : A Study in Variation and Change.

  • Piotr Garbacz
Publiceringsår: 2010
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Lundastudier i nordisk språkvetenskap. Serie A
Volym: 70
Dokumenttyp: Doktorsavhandling
Förlag: Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University


This dissertation discusses aspects of the syntax of Övdalian, a variety spoken by ca. 2,500 people in the province of Dalecarlia in Sweden. Initially, an overview of the history and current status of the language of Älvdalen is given, and the focus of the dissertation is on certain syntactic phenomena that have been well studied from a comparative and diachronic perspective in other Scandinavian languages but not in Övdalian. The examined variant of Övdalian is the one spoken by people born between the 1920’s and the 1940’s and it is called Traditional Övdalian. The empirical data were collected by means on elicitation of grammaticality judgements from twelve native speakers of Traditional Övdalian. These new data are analysed within a general Principal and Parameters approach and the point of departure is the framework of Holmberg & Platzack (1995) who argue that a number of word order phenomena depend on two morphological parameters: subject-verb agreement and morphological case. Övdalian word order is also compared with the word order of the other Scandinavian languages and an underlying syntactic structure of Övdalian is proposed. The main focus of the dissertation lies on two phenomena that have often been connected to verbal morphology, that is V-to-I movement and Stylistic Fronting, which were both present in Övdalian at the beginning of the 20th century. It is shown that V-to-I movement has become optional in Övdalian during the last hundred years in absence of any change in the verbal morphology, and the ongoing loss of V-to-I movement is argued to be triggered by a high, pre-subject negation (and sentential adverbial) placement. This placement gives no clue to the speakers as to whether the finite verb is raised to I or not. Stylistic Fronting is lost in Traditional Övdalian and it is maintained that this loss is connected to the changed status of the landing site of Stylistic Fronting, that is Spec,TP. While Spec,TP was a position accessible to many syntactical constituents in older Övdalian, it has later become a position to which only the subject may move. This explains the loss of SF in the absence of changes in the verbal morphology.


Hörsalen, Språk- och litteraturcentrum, Helgonabacken 12, Lund
  • Caroline Heycock (Professor)


  • Languages and Literature
  • Stylistic Fronting
  • V-to-I movement
  • Swedish dialects
  • dialect syntax
  • language change
  • variation
  • älvdalsmålet
  • Övdalian
  • Elfdalian
  • the Rich Agreement Hypothesis
  • negative concord


  • Christer Platzack
  • ISSN: 0347-8971
  • ISBN: 978-91-628-8068-2

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