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ERIC Number: ED357614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 46
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Ethical Dative and Possessor Omission Si, Possessor Ascension No!
Tuggy, David
In Spanish, there is a very common type of sentence that has the following properties: (1) one of the arguments of the verb is a noun phrase that consists of an article and a noun; (2) there is also a dative pronoun dependent on the verb; and (3) the dative pronoun is understood as the possessor of the definite noun. It has been suggested that sentences that possess the properties of 1 and 3 should be accounted for under the theory of relational grammar by a relational configuration called Possessor Ascension (PA). In this structure, the possessor in a possessor-head construction is a non-initial indirect object in the same clause in which the possessor-head construction bears an initial grammatical relation (GR). Two main arguments have been put forth to support a PA analysis for Spanish: PA has already been posited and argued for some reasonable alternatives in other languages (Chamorro, French, etc.), and positing structures with PA allows one to reflect the similarity in meaning in sentences in languages with PA and sentences in languages without PA. It is argued here that PA is not the best way to account for sentences possessing 1 and 3. They are better viewed as resulting from a structure with an ethical dative and what is referred to as "Possessor Omission," both of which can be independently motivated in Spanish. (VWL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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