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At 17:47 +0100 11.1.2000, Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:
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>I will just note that the examples from other Germanic languages have
>counterfactual conditions, and use subjunctive verb forms (or their
>replacements). Except for Miekko's nonstandard Österbottniska example.

Yes, it is notable that in the Scandinavian construction the condition is
expected to be/come true!  It is however also still different from Old
Norse where, as I said, non-conditional V1 sentences arise from dropping a
sentence-initial temporal adverb, e.g. "Nú ferr konungr til Danmarkar" ->
"Ferr Ólafr til Danmarkar" '(Now) Olav goes to Denmark".



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