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Ditransitive predicates and dative arguments in Maltese

Sadler, L and Camilleri, M (2013) 'Ditransitive predicates and dative arguments in Maltese.' Lingua, 134. 36 - 61. ISSN 0024-3841

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the syntactic expression of three argument (ditransitive) predicates in Maltese. We provide the first detailed description of the ditransitive constructions found in Maltese, which have been largely ignored in the substantial literature on ditransitive predicates, and show that the primary means of expression for these predicates uses a canonical dative construction. We argue that the canonical dative construction (with ditransitive predicates) is distinct from both a double object construction and a prepositional oblique construction in terms of the mapping of arguments to surface grammatical functions. We provide an analysis of Maltese ditransitives in the Lexical Mapping Theory of Lexical Functional Grammar. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2013 19:08
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 18:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7287

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