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Barany, Andras (2018) 'DOM and dative case.' Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 3 (1). pp. 1-40.

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In some languages with DOM, the exponents of DOM and dative are homophonous, e.g. in Spanish and Hindi. I argue that this pattern is not due to DOM objects and indirect objects being represented identically in syntax, but due to syncretism between accusative and dative case in these languages. This is indicated by a number of syntactic tests which group DOM objects with morphologically zero-coded direct objects, rather than with indirect objects, including nominalisation, relativisation, controlling secondary predicates, and passivisation. I suggest that languages with a ditransitive alternation between direct/indirect and primary/secondary objects provide further support for the syntactic difference of DOM and dative objects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Differential object marking, Direct objects, Indirect objects, Dative, Accusative, Case syncretism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PC Romanic languages
P Language and Literature > PH Finno-Ugrian, Basque languages and literatures
ISSN: 23971835
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 10:05
Funders: Other

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