Alternation between two overt markers on direct objects

Gideon Goldenberg msgidgol at MSCC.HUJI.AC.IL
Wed Nov 30 21:01:55 UTC 2011


Cross-linguistic studies of Differential Object Marking did not fail to refer to the relevant constructions e.g. in Finnish or Russian.

On 30 Nov 2011, at 9:29, Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm wrote:

> Gideon,
> 
> Giorgio is asking specifically about the alternation between two or more overt case markers, not about any differential object marking. While the latter is common, the former seems to be quite rare.
> Best,
> Maria
> 
> 
> 
> On 2011-11-30 20.15, Gideon Goldenberg wrote:
>> 
>> 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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