Dative applicative elements in Arusa (Maa): A canonical approach to the argument-adjunct distinction

Alexander Andrason, Michael Karani


The present paper analyzes the degree of the argumenthood or adjuncthood of elements licensed by the dative applicative (DA) construction in Arusa within a canonical approach to the argument-adjunct distinction. After testing DA elements for the various criteria and diagnostics associated with the typologically-driven prototype of arguments and adjuncts, the authors conclude the following: in most cases, DA elements behave as canonical arguments and are therefore located close to the argumenthood pole of the argument-adjunct continuum.


Maa(sai); arguments; adjuncts; canonical typology; cognitive linguistics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5842/58-0-842


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