Åshild Næss ashild.nass at KHM.UIO.NO
Tue Jun 24 14:27:12 UTC 2008

As far as I can figure (and the Bokmålsordboka dictrionary online agrees 
with me), the gap exists in Norwegian as well. I can say /Vasen sprakk/ 
'the vase cracked' or /Vasen er sprukket/ 'the vase is cracked, has a 
crack in it' - but not /*Han sprakk vasen/ 'he cracked the vase'.

I wouldn't be surprised if other speakers disagree with me though. There 
seems to be an increasing tendency i Norwegian toward transitive use of 
verbs which I perceive as intransitive.



Åshild Næss
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