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2009 | 51 | 1 | 65-76
Article title

The Formation of the Definite Article in the Nordic Languages

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Abstracts
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The definite article in Modern Nordic languages is a suffix, etymologically related to a demonstrative. The form is not attested in the oldest linguistic sources, the runic inscriptions, but appears first in Icelandic sagas and Swedish and Danish legal codices from 13th century onwards. In these texts it does not appear with the same regularity as in modern languages.Despite numerous attempts to reconstruct the formation of the definite article in the Nordic languages, a number of questions remain either controversial or unanswered. The contention issues are the exact etymology of the article and the date of its formation.The demonstrative from which the article grammaticalizes appears in Old Icelandic in two forms: inn or hinn, in Old Swedish as hinn only. However, only inn appears as a clitic. It is argued here that the etymology of inn and hinn may provide an argument in favour of an early formation of the article.
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Nordic   article  
Year
Volume
51
Issue
1
Pages
65-76
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Dates
published
2009-01-01
online
2010-01-14
Contributors
  • Department of Scandinavian Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, al. Niepodległości 4, PL - 61-874 Poznań
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