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Query Details

Query Subject:   dative shift
Author:   Centro Multimediale Fac. Lingue/ U. di Genova
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax
Subject Language(s):  English
Norwegian Bokmål

Query:   I'm doing some cross-linguistic research on dative shift in
languages other than English. In particular, I'm interested in
languages which do not make use of applicative morphemes. Could
anyone speaking a language which allows dative shift answer the
following questions? (Please, make some examples for each
question or translate my English examples)

a. Are all diatransitive verbs dativizable? If they are not, have
you got any idea as to how to distinguish dativizable verbs from
non dativizable verbs?

b. Is the order of the two internal objects in a DOC (Double
Object Construction)fixed?

Does your language have:

c. symmetric passive (=1. and 2. both acceptable)?

1. John was given a watch.
2. (*)A watch was given John.

d. symmetric wh-movement?

3. What did you give John?
4. *Who did you give the watch?

e. symmetric Heavy NP Shift?

5. Mary gave to John the most expensive watch she had.
6. *Mary gave the book the best pupil in her class.

f. symmetric binding?

7. ?John showed each other's friends to Bill and Mary.
8. *Jim showed each other's friends Bill and Mary.
9. John showed Mary to herself.
10. *John showed herself to Mary.
LL Issue: 7.1757
Date posted: 11-Dec-1996


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