Ditransitive Asymmetries and a Theory of Idiom Formation

@article{Bruening2010DitransitiveAA,
  title={Ditransitive Asymmetries and a Theory of Idiom Formation},
  author={Benjamin Bruening},
  journal={Linguistic Inquiry},
  year={2010},
  volume={41},
  pages={519-562}
}
This article discusses three asymmetries in ditransitivesquantifier scope, nominalizations, and idiomsand argues that an asymmetric theory like that advocated by Marantz (1993) and Bruening (2001) is correct. A symmetric theory like that proposed by Harley (1997, 2002) cannot account for the asymmetries. The article also proposes a complete theory of idiom formation based on selection. It also proposes a formal semantics for double object constructions that includes a mechanism for composing… 

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