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What is an oblique object?

 

Definition
 

An oblique object is a grammatical relation proposed for a noun phrase clause constituent with the following characteristics:

 
  • Its nature and behavior are more readily describable in semantic terms than syntactic.
  • It is likely to be the most constrained in the semantic roles it may individually express.
  • It is likely to be marked by an adposition or case affix.
  • It is not likely to be a target of syntactic rules, such as

Example (English)
 
  • English prepositional phrases, as clause constituents, can be considered oblique objects.
  • She was bitten by a spider.
  • Generic
      An oblique object is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Andrews, A. 1985 81–82, 92, 127–128

     

    Comrie 1989 66, 179


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