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Re: Requesting some challenging sentences

From:caotope <johnvertical@...>
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2005, 22:27
> > I always forget what applicatives are and what they're > > doing :( I only remember Henrik once explaining me it's > > approximately the difference between "We speak about > > the book" and "We 'bespeak' the book" (note that that's > > grammatical in German). > > An applicative raises an oblique argument to direct object, > thus turning a ditransitive or intransitive clause into a > (mono)transitive clause.
Aren't there also restrictions on what semantic role the oblique argument may have? I'd be surprized to see eg. source or path raised to direct object called an "applicative". This of course begs a question or two: what else than instruments can be applicativized? And what are the voices raising other sorts of oblique arguments called? John Vertical


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
tomhchappell <tomhchappell@...>Applicatives (was: Re: Requesting some challenging sentences)