Author: Kim, Lan
This thesis investigates the Korean dative construction that consists of the Goal (Indirect Object: IO), an NP marked with a dative marker, and the Theme (Direct Object: DO), an NP marked with an accusative marker. I propose that [IO-DO] is the underlying order and [DO-IO] is derived through scrambling. Further, I propose that the underlying order [IO-DO] is an instantiation of a prepositional locative structure in which the Goal c-commands the Theme. As supporting arguments, I point out that Korean has another locative structure in the form of a double subject construction. I show that the syntactic relationship in the double subject locative structure is similar to the syntactic relationship in the dative construction.
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