When the benefit is on the fringe

Nora Boneh, Leá Nash

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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 languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2009
Subtitle of host publicationSelected papers from 'Going Romance' Nice 2009
EditorsJanine Berns, Haike Jacobs, Tobias Scheer
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789027282187
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory
ISSN (Print)1574-552X

Bibliographical note

Funding 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.

Funding Information:
The writing of this paper was supported by ISF grant #1157/10 to Nora Boneh

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011 – John Benjamins B.V.


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