The Double Accusative Construction

  • William D. Davies
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 2)


In Chapter 2 intransitive clauses whose subjects determine accusative agreement are analyzed as unaccusatives, which is to say their subjects bear the 2-relation in an intransitive stratum and the 1-relation in the final stratum. Choctaw also contains clauses that have accusative agreement determined by both the subject and an object. Throughout this chapter I will use the term subject in a pretheoretical sense to refer to the cognizer (since the predicates in question are predicates of cognition) and the term object to refer to the argument that is the object of cognition. In (1), the subject ‘I’ determines a first person singular accusative agreement marker, si-, and the object ‘you’ determines a second person singular accusative agreement marker, chi-.


Direct Object Embed Clause Nominative Case Universal Grammar Agreement Fact 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • William D. Davies
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishCalifornia State UniversitySacramentoUSA

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