Icelandic exclamatives and the structure of the CP layer

Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson*

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This paper discusses the rich array of clausal exclamatives in Icelandic. It is shown here that Icelandic has three kinds of simple exclamatives (. Wh-exclamatives, XP-exclamatives and M-exclamatives) as well as various combinations of these three types. A structural analysis of clausal exclamatives in Icelandic is proposed, according to which they involve up to three functional projections in the CP layer: ExclP (Exclamative Phrase), HDegP (High Degree Phrase) and WhP (Wh Phrase). Clausal exclamatives are also shown to fall into two groups with respect to the possibility of subject-verb inversion and the use of the complementizer sem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-54
Number of pages18
JournalStudia Linguistica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


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