The French ethical dative, 13 syntactic tests
Melanie Jouitteau, Milan Rezac
February 2008

This short paper is a preliminary work on ethical datives: we discuss the properties of ethical datives in French, assembling diagnostics to differentiate them from other datives and to establish their properties. Ethical datives are introduced above the thematic and Case/A-movement domains, and do not participate in these systems, unlike both core and extended (benefactive, possessor) datives. They are also independent of the C-system properties of Force, Finiteness and Tense. However, we show they are nevertheless integrated into the morphosyntax of the clause.
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Reference: lingbuzz/000719
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Published in: Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics, IX (1): 97-108.
keywords: french, ethical dative, syntax
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