This rich volume deals comprehensively with cross-linguistic variation in
the morphosyntax of ditransitive constructions: constructions formed with
verbs (like give) that take Agent, Theme and Recipient arguments. For the
first time, a broadly cross-linguistic perspective is adopted. The present
volume, consisting of an overview article and twenty-odd in-depth studies
of ditransitive constructions in individual languages from different
continents, arose from the conference on ditransitive constructions held at
the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) in 2007.
It opens with the editors' survey article providing an overview of
cross-linguistic variation in ditransitive constructions, followed by the
questionnaire on ditransitive constructions, compiled by the editors in
order to elicit various properties of these patterns. The editors' overview
discusses formal properties of ditransitive constructions as well as
behavioral (or syntactic) and lexical properties (i.e., the extension of
ditransitive constructions across different verb classes).
The volume includes 23 contributions describing properties of ditransitive
constructions in languages from all over the world, written by leading
experts. Care has been taken that the contributions to the volume will be
representative of structural, geographic and genealogical diversity in the
domain of ditransitive constructions. Thus the present volume provides a
unique source of information on typological diversity of ditransitive
constructions. It is expected that it will be of central interest to all
scholars and advanced students of linguistics, especially to those working
in the field of language typology and comparative syntax.