Reflexive sentences with la ‘let' in Norwegian — active or passive?


  • Helge Lødrup University of Oslo



This article discusses Norwegian sentences such as Helge lar seg ikke stoppe ‘Helge lets REFL not stop’. The second verb raises a difficult question: It does not have passive morphology, but it seems to share  properties with passive verbs. This problem has been discussed for corresponding constructions in e.g. German and French. I focus on the Norwegian data, and argue that it is necessary to consider this kind of sentences to be passive. I also discuss how to implement this view within an LFG conception of complex predicates.




How to Cite

Lødrup, Helge. 2017. “Reflexive Sentences With La ‘let’ in Norwegian — Active or Passive?”. Bergen Language and Linguistics Studies 8 (1).