On Auxiliaries, AUX and VPS in Icelandic

  • Höskuldur Thráinsson
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 5)


The original purpose of this paper was to investigate the properties of putative auxiliary verbs in Icelandic or to investigate whether there is in fact any distinction in Icelandic between auxiliary and non-auxiliary verbs.1 In this connection it turned out to be necessary to try to clarify the status of the VP in Icelandic, assess the evidence for a separate AUX (or INFL) node and do various types of basic descriptive spadework. As a result, the paper is perhaps more descriptive than theoretical.


Epistemic Modal Main Verb Root Modal Auxiliary Verb Root Sense 
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