The Dative

Volume 2: Theoretical and contrastive studies

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  • Editors: Willy Van Langendonck1, and William Van Belle1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1998
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027284730

This book is the second part of a two-volume reader on the &#8216;Dative&#8217;. In the first part, which appeared in 1996, eleven papers were presented providing a syntactic and semantic description of the category &#8216;Dative&#8217; in eleven languages. The aim of this second part is to discuss several aspects of the Dative in greater detail. It contains eight papers dealing with theoretical considerations on &#8216;dativity&#8217; as well as with contrastive, typological and diachronic issues. A major concern is the relation between form (case, grammatical relation) and meaning (semantic roles or other kinds of meaning). <br />Most contributions in this volume represent cognitive and functional views or a critical discussion of them.<br />As in the first volume, the linguistic material mainly stems from Germanic and Romance languages. Contemporary English is the basis for Davidse&#8217;s theoretical claims; Pasicki studies the dative in Old English. Dutch appears especially in Geeraerts&#8217; semantic analysis, but also in the papers by Draye, Lamiroy &amp; Delbecque and Van Langendonck. Draye, Lamiroy &amp; Delbecque and Melis also take German into consideration. Latin is dealt with by Melis and Van Langendonck. Modern Romance languages, especially French, provide further data for Melis and Lamiroy &amp; Delbecque. Finally, Newman adduces a variety of languages for his typological analyses.<br />

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Morphology; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Leuven

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