Paola Cepeda

Affiliation: 
Stony Brook University
Talk Title: 
Against Double Object Constructions in Spanish and Portuguese: Ditransitives revisited
Event Type: 
Brown Bag Talk
Semester: 
Spring 2017
Date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 1:00 pm
Location: 
Seminar Room

 

Against Double Object Constructions in Spanish and Portuguese: Ditransitives revisited

Paola Cepeda (Stony Brook University)

(This is a joint work with Sonia Cyrino, University of Campinas)

Spanish, European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese allow two possible linear orders for the direct (DO) and indirect object (IO) in ditransitives: DO>IO and IO>DO. We show that the arguments supporting a Double Object Construction (DOC) in these languages (Demonte 1995, Cuervo 2003, Torres-Morais & Salles 2010, a.o.) are neither semantically nor structurally conclusive. Accordingly, we claim that there is no DOC in these three languages (as in Kayne 1984). We provide evidence that DO>IO and IO>DO are derivationally related, DO>IO being the base order (Larson 2014). IO>DO is only possible when DO is either heavy or conveying new information in the discourse. In this case, IO and DO occupy the specifier of a low periphery TopP and FocP, respectively (à la Belletti 2004). By offering a unified analysis, this paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of ditransitives in Romance, a topic not yet thoroughly analyzed comparatively.

 

References:

Belletti, A. (2004) Aspects of the low IP area. In L. Rizzi (ed.), The structure of CP and IP. The cartography of syntactic structures, 16-51. Oxford: Oxford Univesity Press.

Cuervo, M.C. (2003) Datives at Large. Ph.D. dissertation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Demonte, V. (1995) Dative alternation in Spanish. Probus 7, 5-30.

Kayne, R. (1984) Connectedness and Binary Branching. Dordrecht: Foris Publications.

Larson, R. (2014) On shell structure. New York: Routledge.

Torres Morais, M.A. & H.M.L. Salles (2010) Parametric change in the grammatical encoding of indirect objects in Brazilian Portuguese. Probus 22, 181-209.