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What is an indirect object?

 

Definition
 

An indirect object is a grammatical relation that is one means of expressing the semantic role of goal and other similar roles.

 

It is proposed for languages in which the role is distinct from the direct object and the oblique object on the basis of multiple independent syntactic or morphological criteria, such as the following:

 
  • Having a particular case marking, commonly dative
  • Governing an agreement affix on the verb, such as person or number
  • Being distinct from oblique relations in that it may be relativized
Generic
  An indirect object is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 156

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 155–156

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 99

 

Givón 1984 109–110

 

Mish 1991 614

 

Andrews, A. 1985 126–128

 

Comrie 1989 66


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