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The Realization of Indirect Objects and Dative Case in German
Manuela Schönenberger, Franziska Sterner, and Tobias Ruberg
143-151 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper discusses case marking of indirect objects in German and their occasional realization as PPs instead of DPs. The focus is on constructions involving ditransitive verbs with two internal DP arguments: the direct object is construed with accusative case and the indirect object with dative case. Since ditransitive verbs are rarely used by young children, constructions with the verbs schenken/geben 'give' were elicited under experimental conditions. Monolingual children (n=14), and successive bilingual children (n=21) with an age of onset around 3 and either L1 Turkish (n=12) or L1 Russian or Polish (n=9), participated in this experimental study. The authors found that (i) many of the successive bilingual children, in particular the children with L1 Turkish, produced PPs to express indirect objects, and that (ii) case errors were common in all three groups of children, including the monolinguals.

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Proceedings of the 11th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2011)
edited by Julia Herschensohn and Darren Tanner
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