Spanish Passivized Datives: The Relevance of Misanalysis

  • Mario Montalbetti
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 45)


According to XVIIth century puritan thought (cf. Taylor 1989), God doesn’t care much for Direct Objects, meaning: what you do is not as important as how you do it. Thus, Joseph Hall’s famous line: “God loveth adverbs”. Humoring the puritan’s grammatical metaphor we can speculate that God’s second love falls on Indirect Objects, the dative beneficiaries of one’s actions. And it is of God’s second love that I’ll write here; in particular about certain seemingly ill-behaved Spanish Indirect Objects that undergo Passivization. Towards the end, I will be recommending a treatment that has the unfortunate consequence of removing them altogether from God’s affection.


Relative Clause Direct Object Indirect Object Complement Clause PASSIVIZED Dative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Montalbetti
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  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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