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
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