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The Semantic Roles of the Indirect Object from a Corpus-Based Approach: A Case Study

By Carmen Aguilera Carnerero


At the heart of the ditransitive construction, the verb give lies as the prototypical ditransitive verb as it has been pointed out by authors such as Newman (1993, 1996, 2005) or Goldberg (1995). Usually the verb give is semantically described as the physical act of passing an entity (direct object) from one participant (subject) to another one (indirect object), the latter being portrayed as the final physical target of the action and, therefore, as the recipient of the object of the transfer. However, apart from this central meaning, other different senses of give which range from perception (give someone a surprise), to oral communication (give someone a talk) have been suggested by many authors (Stein 1991, Allan 1991, Butler 2002, Guilquin 2005). These different meanings evince different sort of receptions by the indirect object and, consequently, different semantic roles can be assigned to this constituent, a fact which has been surprisingly overlooked by the majority of authors. Several corpus studies (e.g. Römer 2005, Schäpers 2005) on differen

Year: 2013
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