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Gunnar Hrafn Hrafnbjargarson (2003). Inanimate oblique subjects in Icelandic.

URL: http://www.hum.uit.no/a/hrafnbjargarson/handout/cruz2.pdf

(Last accessed 2009-07-23).

ODIN: http://odin.linguistlist.org/igt_raw.php?id= 4009&langcode=isl (2022-01-22).


Example #1:

    b.   Mig        vantar bílinn
    Me.ACC needs car-the.ACC
    'I need the car'
Example #2:

    b. ?*Bílinn           vantar bensín                (til að    geta keyrt)
    Car-the.ACC needs petrol.ACC (for to                     can drive)
    'The car needs petrol (to be able to drive)'
Example #3:

    (9)        a.   Raðmyndin                     þarf ekki fleiri     bita
    Puzzle-the.NOM                needs not more.ACC pieces.ACC
    'The puzzle does not         need any more pieces'
Example #4:

    (10)         a.    Kórarnir             þurfa peninga   til                          ferðarinnar
    Choirs-the.NOM need money.ACC for                                 trip-the.GEN
    'The choirs need money for the trip'
Example #5:

    b.    Kórana               vantar peninga   til                           ferðarinnar
    Choirs-the.ACC lacks money.ACC for                                  trip-the.GEN
    'The choirs lack money for the trip'
Example #6:

    (29)     a.   Bíllinn           þarf bensín                (til að ...)
    Car-the.NOM needs petrol.ACC (for to ...)
    'The car needs petrol (to be able to drive)'
Example #7:

    b. ?*Bílinn            vantar bensín               (til að ...)
    Car-the.ACC lacks petrol.ACC (for to ...)
    'The car lacks petrol (to be able to drive)'
Example #8:

    (42)         Það líkaði einhverjum (konum)             bíllinn
    EXPL liked some.DAT           (women.DAT) car-the.NOM                                                    If the subject of transitive vanta is inanimate, vanta can only occur in an intr
    'Someone/(Some women) liked the car'