Dative possessor in ditransitive Spanish predication, in diachronic perspective

Rosa María Ortiz Ciscomani*

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Abstract

This paper analyses the diachronic behavior (12th to 20th centuries) of the ditransitive predications, with Direct Object (DO) and Indirect Object (IO), coded by Noun Phrases in Spanish. The analysis accounts for the properties of those participants, possessor and possessed respectively, and the verbs in the constructions. The analytic approach assumes that transitivity is a scalar phenomenon, without distinction between actantial and non-actantial dative. The possessive dative is an IO that refers to the possessor of the DO, while the ditransitive construction is an extension of the prototypical ditransitive. Our claim is that the construction (i) gives relevance to the possessor over the possessed, and (ii) shows that diachronically the DO has lexically diversified from concrete to non-concrete and animate entities, especially from the 16th century onwards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHISTORICAL LINGUISTICS 2017 SELECTED PAPERS FROM THE 23RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 31 JULY � 4 AUGUST 2017
EditorsBridget Drinka
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages65-79
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789027261670
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameCurrent Issues in Linguistic Theory
Volume350
ISSN (Print)0304-0763

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 John Benjamins Publishing Company

Keywords

  • Diachronic perspective
  • Ditransitive construction
  • IO
  • Possessive dative
  • Spanish

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