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Re: USAGE: Teaching Children

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Friday, April 28, 2000, 14:54
Dan Morrison wrote:
 -How would your languages say something like "she teaches languages to
children"? Most of mine would probably use a double accusative, or maybe put
"children" in the dative and "languages" in the accusative. This would then
mean that "she teaches children" would also use the dative for "children".
 I've run into this in Kash, where the dative is turning out to be one of the
more popular cases. But it seems logical--- "Children" are the recipient of the
"teaching", not the object/patient. So "teach" is just another verb like
"give", even to the extent of allowing movement of "to"--
        She teaches French [or whatever] to children [or whomever] =
        She teaches children French.