Embedded declaratives, assertion and swear words
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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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
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
embedded clauses, assertion, swear words, Scandinavian languages, Swedish
Research subject Scandinavian Languages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160181DiVA: diva2:448663