Proceedings of FDSL 9, Göttingen 2011
Tatjana Marvin & Adrian Stegovec: A Note on Slovenian Ditransitives
A Note on Slovenian Ditransitives Tatjana Marvin & Adrian Stegovec University of Ljubljana Abstract In this paper we discuss Slovenian ditransitive sentences with respect to the two possible word orders of the objects found with neutral intonation, DAT>>ACC and ACC>>DAT. We propose that these two word orders instantiate different structures, following the line of thinking employed in Gračanin-Yuksek (2006) for Croatian. In Slovenian, the DAT>>ACC order has an applicative structure (either high or low), while the ACC>>DAT is a Prepositional Dative Construction. The applicative analysis provides a novel argument for this type of analysis. Other supporting arguments examined are scope properties, binding of possessives, the possibility of the causative reading and the distribution and formation of idioms. 1 Introduction This paper deals with Slovenian ditransitive sentences with respect to the two possible relative orders of the dative (DAT) and accusative (ACC) object found with neutral intonation, DAT>>ACC and ACC>>DAT. Pursuing the idea from Gračanin-Yuksek (2006) that parallel word orders in Croatian instantiate roughly two different structures that show the same opposition as the English Double Object (DOC hereafter) and Prepositional Dative (PDC hereafter) constructions, respectively, we claim that the same is true of Slovenian, though with some additional factors that need to be taken into account. These additional factors refer to the fact that Slovenian ditransitive sentences with DAT>>ACC word order show a lexically determined ambiguity with respect to the low and high applicative reading. Both applicative readings are available with send-...
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