Alternation between two overt markers on direct objects

Matti Miestamo matti.miestamo at LING.SU.SE
Wed Nov 30 21:19:44 UTC 2011

Hi Giorgio!

Two years ago, I posted a query about these case changes (and similar phenomena) wrt negation. The discussion following that query may be interesting to you, see the list archives at <>, October and November 2009. I also have a submitted ms. where I discuss the interaction between negation and case marking (and related phenomena, focusing on partitive marking under negation). If you're interested, I can send it to you off list.


Matti Miestamo

30 nov 2011 kl. 17.29 skrev Giorgio Iemmolo:

> 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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