Dialectal variation in Norwegian imperatives
This article discusses the formation of imperatives in Norwegian. It focuses on the cases in which phonological well-formedness requirements interfere with imperative formation. Several attested solutions are presented and receive an optimality theoretic analysis. Some speakers invoke a purely phonological solution, e.g. sonorant devoicing. Others borrow from elsewhere in the paradigm, e.g. taking the infinitive form and using it as the imperative. A third group avoid the constructions altogether, necessitating an analysis in which the null parse is optimal.
In special issue: Proceedings of SCL 19
PublisherUniversitetet i Tromsø
University of Tromsø
CitationNordlyd 31.2(2003), pp 372-384
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