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date: 16 December 2019

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This article provides an overview of the syntax of the modern Scandinavian languages, including Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. It discusses the noun-phrase structure and syntactic properties common to all Scandinavian languages. The article suggests that Mainland Scandinavian languages have almost identical syntactic properties on the sentential level and differ in some respects profoundly from Icelandic, in which person agreement on the finite verb and case marking on nouns trigger verb movement and make available syntactic properties such as stylistic fronting and transitive expletive constructions.

Keywords: Scandinavian languages, syntax, noun-phrase structure, syntactic properties, finite verb, case marking, stylistic fronting, expletive constructions

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