A Smuggling Approach to the Dative Alternation
Chris Collins
March 2017

On the basis of traditional c-command tests, I argue 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) I motivate a smuggling analysis for the derivation of (ii), where a VP containing the theme is moved over the goal.
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