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What is a direct object?

 

Definition
 

A direct object is a grammatical relation that exhibits a combination of certain independent syntactic properties, such as the following:

 
  • The usual grammatical characteristics of the patient of typically transitive verbs
  • A particular case marking
  • A particular clause position
  • The conditioning of an agreement affix on the verb
  • The capability of becoming the clause subject in passivization
  • The capability of reflexivization
 

The identification of the direct object relation may be further confirmed by finding significant overlap with similar direct object relations previously established in other languages. This may be done by analyzing correspondence between translation equivalents.

Discussion
 

The direct object relation should be identified on a language-specific basis.

Generic
  A direct object is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 94

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 155

 

Mish 1991 358

 

Comrie 1989 66

 

Andrews, A. 1985 68, 120, 126

 

Comrie 1985a 337


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