The role of animacy and definiteness in the clitic-DP nexus

Laughren, Mary and Eisenchlas, Susana (2006). The role of animacy and definiteness in the clitic-DP nexus. In: Keith Allan, 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society ALS2005, Melbourne, Australia, (1-11). 28-30 September 2005.

Author Laughren, Mary
Eisenchlas, Susana
Title of paper The role of animacy and definiteness in the clitic-DP nexus
Conference name 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society ALS2005
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 September 2005
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Linguistic Society
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780900281507; 0980281504
Editor Keith Allan
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Abstract/Summary We extend Cuervo's (2003) analysis of the Lower Applicative Dative DP in Spanish to account for the animate definite DP preceded by a and the fact that it is not possible to have both an animate dative definite direct object and a dative indirect object in the same clause. We argue that the presence of such a dative DP 'blocks' the upward movement of the direct object DP to the specifier of the Lower Applicative phrase. We analyse the case ‘mismatch’ between the third person accusative clitic and the co-referring dative DP with animate definite reference in River Plate Spanish as resulting from the raising of the accusative clitic to the head of the Applicative phrase and the movement of the DP to its specifier, where dative case is always assigned in Spanish. We propose that similar phenomena observed in some Australian languages are amenable to a similar analysis.
Subjects E1
380207 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
751002 Languages and literacy
Keyword Accusative
Application
Dative
Definiteness
Direct object promotion
Guugu-Yimidhirr
Pronominal clitics
Spanish
Warlpiri
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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