Re: Requesting some challenging sentences
|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?