Edited by Eva Zehentner, Melanie Röthlisberger and Timothy Colleman
[Studies in Germanic Linguistics 7] 2023
► pp. 56–79
The to-PP form of the dative alternation is argued to have arisen from contact with French rather than being linked to the loss of the Old English Dative case. It is shown to have been extended in ME to the experiencer argument of psych verbs, and to the recipient argument of some verbs of communication, but only to those whose French counterparts took the à-dative, regardless of OE case assignment. Where French equivalents of verbs in these classes did not take an indirect object, the Middle English verb took only a nominal object. Selectivity in to-PP use in ME, going beyond verbs of possession transfer yet showing a verb-specific restriction to source item argument realisation patterns, indicates that French provided a replication source for the to-PP form of the dative alternation.
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