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Merging FeaturesComputation, Interpretation, and Acquisition$
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José M. Brucart, Anna Gavarró, and Jaume Solà

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553266.001.0001

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The diversity of dative experiencers *

The diversity of dative experiencers *

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(p.215) 12 The diversity of dative experiencers*
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Merging Features
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GyÖrgy RÁkosi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553266.003.0012

This chapter argues that two types of lexical dative experiencers need to be distinguished. Regular dative experiencer arguments are merged in unaccusative structures, but a natural class of unergative predicates optionally license low dative experiencer adjuncts and assign them a theta role. The differences between the two dative types are discussed and explained in a lexicalist framework.

Keywords:   adjuncts, dative case, experiencers, Hungarian, Theta System

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