Dative Direct Objects
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’.
KeywordsDirect Object Embed Clause Matrix Clause Thematic Role Nominative Case
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