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