This paper shows that French non-core datives introduced by applicative heads may attach at two different positions above the VP. If the Appl head attaches in the thematic domain, above V but below v, a new event participant is added; we refer to this configuration as the Benefactive Dative Construction. If the Appl head is attached above v, in a non-thematic environment, it does not introduce a new event participant, hence its deficient realization as se, to which configuration we refer as the Coreferential Dative Construction. We provide arguments against a low applicative analysis (below VP), and show how to distinguish between the two types of applicative constructions (above VP) both semantically and syntactically.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2009|
|Subtitle of host publication||Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Nice 2009|
|Editors||Janine Berns, Haike Jacobs, Tobias Scheer|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - 2011|
|Name||Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to thank the audience of Going Romance 23 for helpful feedback. For discussion of this material and insightful comments, we are especially grateful to Anne Zribi-Hertz, Isabelle Roy, Laurent Roussarie and Florence Villoing. All errors are our own. The writing of this paper was supported by ISF grant #1157/10 to Nora Boneh.
The writing of this paper was supported by ISF grant #1157/10 to Nora Boneh
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