Dative Direct Objects

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


In the data examined thus far, direct objects of clauses have determined accusative agreement. However, there are a number of predicates with which an apparent direct object may determine either accusative or dative agreement. I descriptively refer to clauses in which an apparent direct object determines dative agreement, such as (1b) and (2b), as “dative direct object” constructions. In (1a) the second person singular nominal determines accusative agreement, chi- ‘2ACC’, while in (1b) it determines dative agreement, chim- ‘2DAT’. In both, the first person singular nominal determines nominative agreement li ‘1NOM’.


Direct Object Embed Clause Matrix Clause Thematic Role Nominative Case 
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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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