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Bound person forms in ditransitive clauses revisited.

Siewierska, Anna and Bakker, Dik (2007) Bound person forms in ditransitive clauses revisited. Functions of Language, 14 (1). pp. 103-125. ISSN 0929-998X

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    Abstract

    In a recent article Gensler (2003) has argued that little can be said about the ordering of bound person markers of the T(heme) and R(ecipient) relative to each other or relative to the verb stem apart from the fact that the outer markers are likely to be the result of a second-level cliticization process. We take issue with this claim and document that quite successful predictions with respect to the ordering of the T and R markers can be made on the basis of morphological alignment. Taking as our point of departure the typology of ditransitive alignment outlined in Haspelmath (2004; 2005), we show that the ordering patterns in which the R is placed closer to the verbal stem than the T are favoured in all relevant alignment types apart from the indirective, which exhibits a preference for positioning the T closer to the verbal stem than the R. These preferences for the ordering of the R and T are argued to relate directly to the frequency of use of the relative person forms and thus are seen as constituting yet another piece of evidence for the usage-based model of grammar being developed within the functional-cognitive typological paradigm (cf. e.g. Barlow & Kemmer 2000; Bybee & Hopper 2001; Tomasello 2003).

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Functions of Language
    Additional Information: Contact publisher for further reprinting or re-use. © Copyright 2007 John Benjamins.
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 27969
    Deposited By: Professor Anna Siewierska
    Deposited On: 28 Oct 2009 10:09
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:42
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27969

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