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LINGUIST List 19.1258

Sun Apr 13 2008

Qs: Prepositional Dative as the Only Ditransitive?

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        1.    Mikko Kupula, Prepositional Dative as the Only Ditransitive?

Message 1: Prepositional Dative as the Only Ditransitive?
Date: 12-Apr-2008
From: Mikko Kupula <mikkoling.su.se>
Subject: Prepositional Dative as the Only Ditransitive?
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Is anyone aware of languages in which the only possible ditransitive
construction is the construction usually referred to as the ''prepositional
dative''? In many languages there are two variants of ditransitives, the
''double object construction'' (I gave my friend a book) and the
''prepositional dative construction'' (I gave a book to my friend). As far
as a know, the prepositional dative construction is the only one available
in languages like Persian, French and Italian. Is this phenomenon attested
more widely?

best regards,

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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