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The Locative Syntax of Experiencers
Author: Idan Landau

ISBN: 9780262513067
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 15 November 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.9
Description:
Experiencers--grammatical participants that undergo a certain psychological change or are in certain psychological states--are grammatically special. As objects (John scared "Mary;" loud music annoys "me), " experiencers display two peculiar clusters of nonobject properties across different languages: their syntax is often typical of oblique arguments and their semantic scope is typical of subjects. In "The Locative Syntax of Experiencers, " Idan Landau investigates this puzzling correlation and argues that experiencers are syntactically coded as (mental) locations. Drawing on results from a range of languages and theoretical frameworks, Landau examines the far-reaching repercussions of this simple claim. Landau shows that all experiencer objects are grammaticalized as locative phrases, introduced by a dative/locative preposition. "Bare" experiencer objects are in fact oblique, too, the preposition being null. This preposition accounts for the oblique psych(ological) properties, attested in case alternations, cliticization, resumption, restrictions on passive formation, and so on. As locatives, object experiencers may u...

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