The Sign of the V: Papers in Honour of Sten Vikner


Ken Ramshøj Christensen (ed)
Aarhus Universitet
Henrik Jørgensen (ed)
Aarhus Universitet
Johanna Wood (ed)
Aarhus Universitet


‘The Sign of the V’ is a festschrift in honour of Sten Vikner, written by friends, colleagues, and collaborators, present and past, to celebrate both his 60th birthday and his contribution to the field of linguistics. The papers cover a wide range of topics in theoretical and empirical linguistic research, from phonetics and phonology, through morphology, semantics, and syntax, to pragmatics, as well as language acquisition, second-language learning, language processing, language teaching, language contact, historical linguistics, and language variation and change. Many different languages are featured, including the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish), Catalan, Dutch, English, Finnish, West Flemish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Scots, and Yiddish. The scope and depth of the chapters in this anthology is a clear indication of the scope and depth of Sten Vikner’s own comparative research well as his impact on the field of linguistics.



For reasons of space this is a selective, rather than a complete, list of Sten Vikner’s publications.

Biberauer, Theresa & Sten Vikner. 2017. Having the edge: A new perspective on pseudocoordination in Danish and Afrikaans. In Nicholas LaCara, Keir Moulton & Anne-Michelle Tessier (eds.), A schrift to fest Kyle Johnson, 77–90. Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts. doi:10.7275/r57d2s95.

Bjerre, Tavs, Eva Engels, Henrik Jørgensen & Sten Vikner. 2008. Points of convergence between functional and formal approaches to syntactic analysis. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 82. 131–166.

Engels, Eva & Sten Vikner. 2013a. Scandinavian object shift, remnant VP-topicalisation, verb particles and causatives. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 36(2). 219–244.

Engels, Eva & Sten Vikner. 2014. Scandinavian object shift and optimality theory. Palgrave Macmillan.

Grimshaw, Jane & Sten Vikner. 1993. Obligatory adjuncts and the structure of events. In Eric Reuland & Werner Abraham (eds.), Knowledge and language, 145–159. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Heck, Fabian, Gereon Muller, Ralf Vogel, Silke Fischer, Sten Vikner & Tanja Schmid. 2002. On the nature of the input in optimality theory. Linguistic Review 19(4). 345–376. doi:10.1515/tlir.2002.003.

Heycock, Caroline, Antonella Sorace, Zakaris Svabo Hansen, Frances Wilson & Sten Vikner. 2012. Detecting the late stages of syntactic change: The loss of V-to-T in Faroese. Language 88(3). 558–600. doi:10.1353/lan.2012.0053.

Johnson, Kyle & Sten Vikner. 1994. The position of the verb in Scandinavian infinitives. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 53. 61–84.

Kizach, Johannes & Sten Vikner. 2018. Head adjacency and the Danish dative alternation. Studia Linguistica 72(2). 191–213. doi:10.1111/stul.12047.

Schwartz, Bonnie D. & Sten Vikner. 2007. The verb always leaves IP in V2 clauses. In Ian G. Roberts (ed.), Comparative grammar – Critical concepts in linguistics, vol. 5, 244–302. London: Routledge.

Thráinsson, Höskuldur & Sten Vikner. 1995. Modals and double modals in the Scandinavian languages. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 55. 51–88.

Vikner, Carl & Sten Vikner. 2008. Hierarchical morphological structure and Ambiguity. In Merete Birkelund, Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen & Coco Norén (eds.), L’énonciation dans tous ses états, 541–560. Peter Lang.

Vikner, Sten. 1988. Modals in Danish and event expressions. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 39. 1–33.

Vikner, Sten. 1990. Verb movement and the licensing of NP-positions in the Germanic languages. Geneva: University of Geneva PhD dissertation.

Vikner, Sten. 1991. Relative der and other C° elements in Danish. Lingua 84(2–3). 109–136. doi:10.1016/0024-3841(91)90067-f.

Vikner, Sten. 1994a. Scandinavian object shift and West Germanic scrambling. In Norbert Corver & Henk van Riemsdijk (eds.), Studies on scrambling, 487–517. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110857214.487.

Vikner, Sten. 1995. Verb movement and expletive subjects in the Germanic languages (Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vikner, Sten. 1997a. V°-to-I° movement and inflection for person in all tenses. In Liliane Haegeman (ed.), Elements of grammar – Handbook in generative syntax, 189–213. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Vikner, Sten. 2001a. Predicative adjective agreement. In Kirsten Adamzik & Helen Christen (eds.), Sprachkontakt, Sprachvergleich, Sprachvariation, 399–414. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag.

Vikner, Sten. 2001b. The interpretation of object shift and optimality theory. In Gereon Müller & Wolfgang Sternefeld (eds.), Competition in syntax (Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 49), 321–340. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Vikner, Sten. 2001c. Verb movement variation in Germanic and optimality theory. Tübingen: University of Tübingen. habilitation.

Vikner, Sten. 2003. Null objects under coordination in Yiddish and Scandinavian. In Lars-Olof Delsing, Cecilia Falk, Gunlög Josefsson & Halldór Ármann Sigurdsson (eds.), Grammar in focus, 365–375. Lund: Dept. of Scandinavian Languages, University of Lund.

Vikner, Sten. 2005a. Object shift: (Chapter 46). In Henk van Riemsdijk & Martin Everaert (eds.), The Blackwell companion to syntax, vol. 3, 392–436. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Vikner, Sten. 2005b. Immobile complex verbs in Germanic. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 8(1–2). 83–115. doi:10.1007/s10828-004-0726-9.

Vikner, Sten. 2007. Teoretisk og komparativ syntaks. In Henrik Jørgensen & Peter Widell (eds.), Det bedre argument, 469–480. Aarhus: Wessel og Huitfeldt.

Vikner, Sten. 2011. Trees and fields and negative polarity. Hermes 47. 39–55.

Vikner, Sten. 2014. Possessorens status inden for nominalgruppen. Ny Forskning I Grammatik 21. 193–211.

Vikner, Sten. 2017a. CP-recursion and the derivation of verb second in Germanic main and embedded clauses. In Constantin Freitag, Oliver Bott & Fabian Schlotterbeck (eds.), Two perspectives on V2, 1–26. Universität Konstanz.

Vikner, Sten. 2017b. Germanic verb particle variation. In Enoch Aboh, Eric Haeberli, Genoveva Puskás & Manuela Schönenberger (eds.), Elements of comparative syntax, 371–398. Mouton de Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9781501504037-014.

Vikner, Sten. 2017c. Object shift in Scandinavian. In Martin Everaert & Henk van Riemsdijk (eds.), The Wiley Blackwell companion to syntax, 2784–2844. Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781118358733.wbsyncom114.

Vikner, Sten, Ken Ramshøj Christensen & Anne Mette Nyvad. 2017. V2 and cP/CP. In Laura Bailey & Michelle Sheehan (eds.), Order and structure in syntax I: Word order and syntactic structure (Open Generative Syntax 1), 313–324. Berlin: Language Science Press. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1117724.

Vikner, Sten, Caroline Heycock, Antonella Sorace, Zakaris Svabo Hansen & Frances Wilson. 2011. Residual V-to-I in Faroese and its lack in Danish: Detecting the final stages of a syntactic change. Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 87. 137–165.

Vikner, Sten & Henrik Jørgensen. 2017. En formel vs. en funktionel tilgang til dansk sætningsstruktur. NyS, Nydanske Sprogstudier 52–53. 135–168. doi:10.7146/nys.v1i52- 53.24954.

Vikner, Sten & Carl Vikner. 1997. The aspectual complexity of the simple past in English. In Carl Bache & Alex Klinge (eds.), A comparison with French and Danish, 267–284. Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag.

Wood, Johanna L. & Sten Vikner. 2011. Noun phrase structure and movement: A crosslinguistic comparison of such/sådan/solch and so/så/so. In Harry Perridon & Petra Sleeman (eds.), The noun phrase in Romance and Germanic, 89–110. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/la.171.07woo.


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