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Form and meaning in the simple Norwegian verb phrase

Standwell, Graham John Burgoyne; (1993) Form and meaning in the simple Norwegian verb phrase. UNSPECIFIED thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis is concerned with the simple Norwegian verb phase. The reasons for this choice of topic are as follows: the verb is at the very heart of the sentence in any language and little or no information is available on many areas of the Norwegian verb phrase. Because of limitations of space I have concentrated on the simple verb phrase and ignored catenatives. Chapter 1 forms the introduction. Chapter 2 is concerned with the morphology of all Norwegian verbs. Chapter 3 establishes the primary and secondary patterns, the former consisting of verb forms with no auxiliary or with primary auxiliaries, the latter of verb phrases containing modal auxiliaries. This is followed by an outline of the verbal categories. Chapters 4-9 discuss the form and meaning of each of the primary verb forms in detail: the past, the present, the perfect, the pluperfect, and the use of the passive and of unlimited duration. Chapter 10 deals with the two modals used mainly to express futurity: i.e. vil and skal, and explores the other elements of verbal form used for futurity, i.e. komme til å, bli and få. These sections are followed by detailed information on how futurity is expressed in form. Chapter 11 deals with the remaining modals: kan, må, bør and tør. Chapter 12 is the conclusion. Until fairly recently little purely descriptive work was available on the Norwegian verbal system, even in Norwegian. In English there was virtually nothing. It is hoped that the present work will fill this gap by providing much information the reader unobtainable elsewhere: especially on the modals and future reference.

Type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Form and meaning in the simple Norwegian verb phrase
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Language, literature and linguistics; Norwegian; Verb phrase
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10101606
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