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Embedded declaratives, assertion and swear words
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
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Abstract [en]

This article discusses embedded declaratives and their force of expressing assertion, a topic that was debated by Anna-Lena Wiklund and Marit Julien in both numbers of this working paper series 2009. Two questions are focused: “Is the assertedness of V2 de­claratives in Mainland Scandinavian structurally inherent?” and “Can also embedded non-V2 declaratives express assertion?” The answer here is yes on both questions, which means that I take a third position beside the ones raised in the previous debate.

A swear word test, originally proposed by Julien, but rejected by Wiklund, is also scrutinized. It is shown that swear words actually can be used to discriminate between asserted and non-asserted declaratives. However, the dividing line does not go between V2 and non-V2 clauses, as assumed by Julien.

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Lund: Center of Languages and Literature, Lund University , 2011. Vol. 87, 22 p.81-102 p.
, Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax, ISSN 1100-097x ; 87
Keyword [en]
embedded clauses, assertion, swear words, Scandinavian languages, Swedish
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160181OAI: diva2:448663
Available from: 2011-10-18 Created: 2011-10-17 Last updated: 2011-10-18Bibliographically approved

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