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Introduction: Object shift in the Nordic languages

  • Maia Andréasson (a1), Kristine Bentzen (a2) and Elisabet Engdahl (a3)

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This special issue of the Nordic Journal of Linguistics is devoted to articles on a construction which since Holmberg (1986) has been referred to as object shift. Whereas sentential adverbs normally precede the object in Scandinavian, as shown in (1a), they tend to follow the object, when it is a pronoun, as in (1b).

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