A smuggling approach to the dative alternation

Chris Collins

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    This chapter proposes a smuggling approach to the dative alternation. On the basis of traditional c-command tests, it is argued that the prepositional dative example in (ii) is derived from the structure underlying the double object construction in (i). i. John gave Mary the car (Double Object Construction). ii. John gave the car to Mary (Prepositional Dative). A smuggling analysis is motivated for the derivation of (ii). Once the VP containing the theme is moved over the goal, the theme then moves to a higher A position c-commanding the goal. Lastly, it is shown how the distribution of particles provides support for the smuggling analysis.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSmuggling in Syntax
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9780197509869
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


    • C-command asymmetries
    • Dative alternation
    • Double object constructions
    • Particles
    • Smuggling

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Social Sciences


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