Reverse Double Objects in Hakka Ditransitive*

Hsiao hung Iris Wu*

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This paper deals with the ‘reverse’ double object construction in Hakka, where the theme NP precedes the goal NP without being mediated by an adpositional goal marker. I show that the reverse V-theme-goal order is sensitive to verb types and argue that this construction takes an underlying dative structure with a non-thematic null prepositional goal marker. This formal syntactic account is shown to capture the word order alternations and grammatical properties observed in Hakka ditransitives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-622
Number of pages24
JournalStudia Linguistica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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