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Sjå på han mannen! On the definiteness and specificity of Scandinavian pronoun demonstratives

  • Tania E. Strahan (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0332586508001935
  • Published online: 01 December 2008
Abstract

Pronouns with a demonstrative function appear in most of the Scandinavian languages in phrases like Sjå på han mannen ‘Look at that man’. Despite the Scandinavian languages varying in phrase-internal morphosyntactic definiteness agreement requirements generally, the pronoun demonstrative appears universally with a definite noun (phrase). This is accounted for within a Lexical-Functional Grammar framework, where the pronoun demonstrative is treated as carrying the feature [specific = +], and the definite noun (phrase) is the morphosyntactic realisation of underlying specificity also. In addition, there is variation as to whether the pronoun demonstratives occur as a specifier within the NP, or as the head of its own DP, taking an NP object.

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Nordic Journal of Linguistics
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  • EISSN: 1502-4717
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