Alternation between two overt markers on direct objects

Silvia Luraghi luraghi at UNIPV.IT
Thu Dec 1 08:01:25 UTC 2011

Yes Gideon, but they always only mention tje same 
few languages (those also mentioned by Giorgio), 
he's asking if anyone can give him data from OTHER languages!

At 22.01 30/11/2011, Gideon Goldenberg wrote:
>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:
>>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.
>>On 2011-11-30 20.15, Gideon Goldenberg wrote:
>>>About this phenomenon of ‘differential object 
>>>marking’ cross-linguistically you may see, to begin with,
>>>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
>>Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm
>>Office: Dept. of linguistics, Stockholm university, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden
>>Home: Västerled 166, 167 72, Bromma, Sweden
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