Alternation between two overt markers on direct objects

Gideon Goldenberg msgidgol at MSCC.HUJI.AC.IL
Wed Nov 30 19:15:02 UTC 2011


About this phenomenon of ‘differential object marking’ cross-linguistically you may see, to begin with,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_object_marking
http://www.blutner.de/Optimal/dat/Aissen_DOM.pdf
http://seas3.elte.hu/delg/publications/even/2006/06ka.pdf

Gideon.

On 30 Nov 2011, at 6:29, Giorgio Iemmolo wrote:

> Dear all, 
> 
> I am writing to inquire whether anyone on this list is aware of languages where direct objects exhibit an alternation between two (or more) overt case markers.
> Examples of such languages are Finnic languages (Finnish, Estonian, Karelian, etc.) quite a few Indo-European languages (Russian, Polish, Ancient Greek, Vedic, etc.), and a few Polynesian languages (Samoan, Tongan, etc.), where there is an alternation i) between accusative and partitive/genitive or ii) between two overt markers, depending on a variety of factors, such as event (un)boundedness, polarity, affectedness, quantification. 
> 
> My general impression is that such an alternation in direct object encoding is fairly rare cross-linguistically. So if anybody is familiar with examples of languages where this pattern is found and is not limited to just a handful of verbs, please let me know. I would be very grateful. 
> 
> Thank you very much in advance,
> 
> Giorgio Iemmolo
> 
> 
> 

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