Verb movement in contemporary Faroese

This project is an investigation of a recent change in the syntax of the Scandinavian language Faroese, using recent experimental methods for measuring the linguistic knowledge of native speakers, both children and adults. The change, affecting the position of verbs in sentences, is akin to the one distinguishing Middle English "Quene Ester looked never ..." (verb before adverb) from Modern English "Queen Ester never looked ..." (verb after adverb). A better understanding of the contemporary Faroese situation can thus also help to illumine an aspect of the history of English, as well as our understanding of language change more generally.

This project ran from September 2006 to May 2010, funded by a Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

A detailed description of the project and links to presentations and papers can be found on other pages. For any further information, including copies of our materials and further information about our methodology, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Principal Investigators: Caroline Heycock and Antonella Sorace.
Research Assistant: Zakaris Svabo Hansen, of the University of the Faroe Islands.

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