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Contemporary linguistics, Vol.63 No.1 February 2007. -

This paper analyzes the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties of datives in sentences

like Iskliznuo mi je tanjur iz ruke lit. ’Slipped to me is plate from hand’ and Vru}e mi je

lit. ’To me is hot’. The first sentence contains two possible candidates for the subject function:

the dative mi, which has some semantic and pragmatic subject properties, and the

nominative NP tanjur, which controls agreement. The second sentence contains only the

dative pronoun, which has the semantic and pragmatic but no syntactic subject properties.

At first blush it seems that the first sentence has two subjects none of which, to paraphrase

Keenan 1976, has a clear preponderance of subject–like properties. In this paper we shall

argue that such non–canonical subject–like NPs are best described as quasi subjects, i. e., as

NPs which have some morphosyntactic or semantic-pragmatic properties of subjects, but not

sufficient properties to qualify as the subject of the sentence.

subject; quasi subject; syntactic functions of datives; morphosyntax; semantics; pragmatics; Croatian

Autor: Branimir Belaj - Dubravko Kučanda -

Fuente: http://hrcak.srce.hr/


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