Article published in:Romance Linguistics 2008: Interactions in Romance. Selected papers from the 38th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Urbana-Champaign, April 2008
Edited by Karlos Arregi, Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Silvina Montrul and Annie Tremblay
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 313] 2010
► pp. 139–156
Two types of (apparently) ditransitive light verb constructions
An analysis of Spanish ditransitive constructions with light verb dar reveals that despite surface similarity these constructions belong to two groups corresponding to distinct argument structures. While expressions like dar permiso/ánimo ‘give permission/encouragement’ correspond to double-object constructions, experiencer constructions like dar miedo/envidia ‘give fear/envy’ correspond to an unaccusative structure that patterns syntactically and semantically with configurations with psychological predicates of the piacere/gustar ‘like’ type. On the present account, the morphosyntactic and semantic properties of the construction –including subject properties of the dative, case, and restrictions on bare nouns– derive directly from the way sentences are built in the syntax, not from stipulations in lexical entries or linking rules. The proposal is extended to cover predicates formed with other light verbs (e.g., ser ‘be’, parecer ‘seem’, resultar ‘be’, quedar ‘remain’).
Published online: 09 September 2010
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