LINGUIST List 23.912

Wed Feb 22 2012

Qs: Cross-linguistic Argument Structure

Editor for this issue: Zac Smith <>

Date: 20-Feb-2012
From: Tamas Biro <>
Subject: Cross-linguistic Argument Structure
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Dear colleagues,

In a pilot to a larger project, I would be interested in knowing moreabout the argument structure of the verb ''to sacrifice'' in variouslanguages. More specifically, whether the structure of the followingthree sentences run in parallel:

(1) John sacrificed food to the ancestors.(2) John gave food to the elders.(3) John told a story to his parents.

For instance, I already know that the dative object of (3) in Dutch isexpressed with a different preposition.

Any information, data, references and hints are very welcome.

Thank you in advance,

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics                             Morphology                             Syntax

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