A case of multiple agree: Accusative, not dative, indirect object se

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This paper attempts to explain why indirect objects and aspectual se in Spanish are ungrammatical in the periphrastic passive. The claim is that se is accusative and since accusative is not available in passive, these se are ungrammatical in passive. An appeal to parallel patterns by indirect object la of laísta dialects of Spain, which is overtly accusative, lends support to this approach. The technical account of accusative case on indirect object se relies on Multiple Agree with v. The Multiple Agree account generates concrete predictions regarding (non-)intervention effects with ethical, benefactive and alienable possessor datives. These predictions are tested and the results are positive, supplying support to the overall analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRomance Linguistics 2012
Subtitle of host publicationSelected papers from the 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Cedar City, Utah, 20-22 April 2012
EditorsJason Smith, Tabea Ihsane
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789027268310
ISBN (Print)9789027203878
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory
ISSN (Print)1574-552X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics


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