In the field of syntactic theory, there are several enigmas that continue to baffle researchers. One such construction in English is the Double Object construction. Though most native and non-native English speakers are aware of the existence of this construction, many are unaware of the conundrum it presents to syntacticians. Observe the following example sentences: (1) Mary sent a letter to Jim. (2) Mary sent Jim a letter. While the grammaticality of these sentences is unquestioned, the precise inner workings on a syntactic level are the topic of much debate. Quandaries that arise include the applicability of current branching and government theories, the appropriate assignment of abstract case to the noun phrases in each clause, and the comparison of the dative versus double object constructions ((1) and (2) above, respectively). It is with these questions in mind that I intend to apply existing work to the relevant issue(s) and further explore the problem of double object constructions. Finally, I will pose what questions are remaining so that more specific work may be accomplished in this area of syntactic theory.
Bollen, Adam, "A Reanalysis of Double Object Constructions: Varying Approaches with Varying Results" (2004). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 144.
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English language--Syntax; Linguistic analysis (Linguistics)
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