This book is the second part of a two-volume reader on the `Dative'. In the first part, which appeared in 1996, eleven papers were presented providing a syntactic and semantic description of the category `Dative' in eleven languages. The aim of this second part is to discuss several aspects of the Dative in greater detail. It contains eight papers dealing with theoretical considerations on `dativity' as well as with contrastive, typological and diachronic issues. A major concern is the relation between form (case, grammatical relation) and meaning (semantic roles or other kinds of meaning).
Most contributions in this volume represent cognitive and functional views or a critical discussion of them.
As in the first volume, the linguistic material mainly stems from Germanic and Romance languages. Contemporary English is the basis for Davidse's theoretical claims; Pasicki studies the dative in Old English. Dutch appears especially in Geeraerts' semantic analysis, but also in the papers by Draye, Lamiroy & Delbecque and Van Langendonck. Draye, Lamiroy & Delbecque and Melis also take German into consideration. Latin is dealt with by Melis and Van Langendonck. Modern Romance languages, especially French, provide further data for Melis and Lamiroy & Delbecque. Finally, Newman adduces a variety of languages for his typological analyses.
1. List of abbreviations; 2. introduction; 3. Recipients and 'give' constructions (by Newman, John); 4. The possessive dative in romance and Germanic languages (by Lamiroy, Beatrice); 5. The case of the causee. On the competition between dative and accusative in Dutch laten and German lassen constructions (by Draye, Luk); 6. Meanings of the dative case in Old English (by Pasicki, Adam); 7. The dative as participant role versus the Indirect Object: on the need to distinguish two layers of organization (by Davidse, Kristin); 8. The semantic structure of the indirect object in Dutch (by Geeraerts, Dirk); 9. The dative in Latin and the indirect object in Dutch (by Van Langendonck, Willy); 10. From form to interpretation: building up the 'dative'-roles (by Melis, Ludo); 11. Subject index