Applicatives is concerned with the syntax of constructions that contain arguments that transcend the traditional subject-object characterization, and how the syntax of such constructions yields the interpretive effects that previous research has identified. At the empirical level this volume remedies the inadequacies and limitations of previous accounts by proposing a more nuanced view of all the factors that enter into the syntax and semantics of applicatives. At the theoretical level, this book offers empirical arguments for various theoretical options currently entertained in the minimalist program, among which movement into theta-position, multiple agree, anti-locality, and a very derivational view on successive cyclic movement.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. 1. Preliminaries; 3. 1.1 The framework; 4. 1.2 Applicatives: A basic definition; 5. 1.3 A major distinction: Symmetric and asymmetric applicative structures; 6. 1.4 Previous approaches to applicative constructions; 7. 1.5 A new component: The high/low applicative distinction; 8. 1.6 A consensus: The 'escape hatch' analysis; 9. 1.7 Problems for the consensus; 10. 1.8 Conclusion; 11. 2. The Syntax of Applicatives; 12. 2.1 Amendments to the consensus, and why they fail; 13. 2.2 Towards a more appropriate solution: (Anti-)locality considerations; 14. 2.3 Category matters; 15. 2.4 Scrambling; 16. 2.5 Case matters; 17. 2.6 Conclusion; 18. 3. The Semantics of Applicatives; 19. 3.1 Object sharing: Insights from serial verb constructions; 20. 3.2 Object sharing in double object constructions: Theta-driven movement; 21. 3.3 Object sharing in resultatives; 22. 3.4 Object sharing in high applicatives; 23. 3.5 Conclusion; 24. 4. Conclusion; 25. References; 26. Name index; 27. Subject index