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The verb krijgen ‘to get’ as an undative verb

  • Hans Broekhuis, and Leonie Cornips, EMAIL logo
From the journal Linguistics


This article will argue that the typology of verbs currently assumed in generative grammar has an incidental gap; we would expect that besides dyadic verbs with two internal arguments, in which the theme argument surfaces as subject, there are also dyadic verbs with two internal arguments, in which the goal argument surfaces as subject. We will show that such verbs do indeed exist and are instantiated by the verb krijgen ‘to get’ and its cognates hebben and houden ‘to keep’. We will call these verbs undative verbs given that they are characterized by the fact that they can assign accusative, but not dative case. We will further provide a discussion of the syntactic behavior of the krijgen-passive and what we will call the semicopular construction in (so-called standard and nonstandard) Dutch in order to show that these case properties of the main verbs krijgen, hebben and houden are also present in their uses as auxiliary and semicopular verbs.

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Received: 2010-06-07
Revised: 2010-12-15
Published Online: 2012-11-14
Published in Print: 2012-11-16

©[2012] by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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