Semantic and Pragmatic Conditions for the Dative Alternation

  • Krifka, Manfred (Department of Germanic Studies and Linguistics, Humboldt University)
  • Published : 2004.03.01


This paper has revisited the dative alternation in English, and defended the so-called polysemy view. The paper has argued for a particular format of lexical representation, one that allows reference to events. In addition to the semantic conditions, the paper has argued that the DO and PO constructions also allow for different information structures.