The multifunctional 'ba'. A finiteness marker in the guise of an adverbial

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Title The multifunctional 'ba'. A finiteness marker in the guise of an adverbial
Author(s) Lundin, Katarina
Date 2005
English abstract
The aim of this article is to propose a syntactic analysis of a construction found in spoken Swedish, namely the so-called ba-construction, similar to the English like-construction. In the construction at hand, ba is usedto introduce a quotation in a narrative sequence of the speech, hence fulfils the role of the finite verb in the clause; the construction does not contain any main verb. In my analysis, however, I assume that there is a null verb UTTER in V°. In the presence of an adverbial (of time), the word order of the clause is classified as V3, which word order normally is ruled out in Swedish, being a V2 language. I will propose that in order to account for the deviating clause structure in the presence of ba, and in addition, ba and an adverbial, one needs a split CP analysis. My proposal is that ba is to be considered a finiteness marker, situated in Fin° and carrying a [Fin]-featwe, and that the adverbial, when present, is situated in Spec,ForceP, constituting a frame topic for the whole utterance.
Publisher Department of Scandinavian Languages, Lund University
Host/Issue Working papers in Scandinavian syntax;
Volume 76
ISSN 1100-097X
Pages 73-92
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11951 (link to this page)

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