The present paper argues that the recent treatment of ditransitives of the English kind as Low Applicatives is incomplete semantically-speaking, as it only captures half of the thematic properties of the construction. To remedy this problem this paper argues that ditransitives involve object-sharing, captured via theta-driven movement, a derivational process that they share with serial verbs and resultative constructions. It is argued that object-sharing viewed as movement may be the source of macro-event formation, the glue that connects subevents together. If correct, the present paper offers yet another argument for movement into theta-position.
Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-415-7 library binding
vii + 461 pages
publication date: 2006
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA