The NORMS project has created ten form-focused subgroups, each investigating a different area of Scandinavian variation. The current groups, and the person responsible for each, are as follows:
|1.||The syntax of noun phrases||Øystein Alexander Vangsnes, Tromsø|
Group leader: Øystein Alexander Vangsnes (Tromsø)
TENTATIVE! NLVN/RILiVS/NORMS: A series of workshops/meetings for NLVN, RILiVS, and/or NORMS (DP group), early October, University of Iceland.
18-19 March 2009:
Workshop on Determination, Tromsø; invited speakers Tom Leu (Yale) and Tarald Taraldsen (Tromsø); organized by Øystein A. Vangsnes.
22-23 October 2007:
Workshop on Exclamatives!, Tromsø; invited speakers Ellen Brandner, Paul Portner, Kjell Johan Sæbø, Klaus Abels, Lars-Olof Delsing; organized by Øystein A. Vangsnes as a joint workshop for the NORMS Left Periphery and DP groups.
This group has two main aims.
First, we seek to establish the range of variation in noun phrase
structure throughout the Scandinavian language area. Second, we want to
elaborate on previous structural proposals within the generative
framework, in order to account for this range of variation. The
knowledge about Scandinavian noun phrase structure has grown
considerably during the last 20 years. A number of important studies
have greatly extended our knowledge. The dialectal variation is partly
taken into consideration in some of these studies.
As illustrated in (1) the noun has no definite article with a
prenominal possessive pronoun, whereas a suffixed definite article is
obligatory with a postnominal article. This general pattern does
however not hold for all dialects (e.g. the dialects of
Skellefteå (N Sweden) and Karleby (N Finland)), where, instead,
the noun may carry the suffixed article although the possessive is
prenominal. There is an interesting correlation with (lack of) gender
distinctions in this case. In other dialects, such as Faroese, the noun
may lack the suffixed article when the possessive pronoun is
postnominal, and in yet other dialects this is possible (or obligatory)
only with certain nouns, mainly kinship nouns like mother or friend.
Proprial possessors differ from ordinary possessor nouns and pronominal
possessors in many dialects, and many dialects have periphrastic
possessive constructions. The distribution and properties of this
variation need to be investigated further.
In Northern Swedish the prenominal article is lacking and the adjective
is compounded with the adjective: storhuse.
The extension of this article is quite well known, but it lacks a good analysis. It is clear that it is syntactic since it is not repeated in co-ordinations, at least not in Västerbotten and Norrbotten.
In other dialects it seems more clear that the element is
morphological. In some dialects both are used: en storan en katt. The
distribution of and properties of this morphological article need to
the investigated further.
|2.||Verb placement in main and embedded clauses||Höskuldur Thráinsson, Reykjavík|
|3.||The syntax of the left periphery||Kristine Bentzen, Tromsø|
|4.||Object shift||Sten Vikner, Århus|
|5.||Verb particle constructions||Peter Svenonius, Tromsø|
|6.||Argument structure||Christer Platzack, Lund|
|7.||Subject types||Tor Anders Åfarli, Trondheim|
|8.||Auxiliaries and modality||Kristin Melum Eide, Trondheim|
|9.||Pragmatic particles||Jan-Ola Östman, Helsinki|
|10.||Negation and negative polarity||Janne Bondi Johannessen, Oslo|