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3.3. Alternations of noun phrases and PPs
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This section discusses verb frame alternations involving noun phrases and PPs with various syntactic functions. Section 3.3.1 starts the discussion with alternations of the type illustrated in the (a)-examples of (319), which the literature often refers to as dative shift because they involve a dative noun phrase. Sections 3.3.2 and 3.3.3 continue with alternations that involve, respectively, an accusative and a nominative noun phrase; see the (b)- and (c)-examples in (319) for illustrations.

Example 319
a. Marie geeft Jandat een boek.
dative/PP alternation
  Marie gives  Jan  a book
a'. Marie geeft een boek [PP aan Jan].
  Marie gives  a book  to Jan
b. Jan behangt de muuracc met posters.
accusative/PP alternation
  Jan be-hangs  the wall  with posters
b'. Jan hangt de posters [PP op de muur].
  Jan hangs  the posters  on the wall
c. De tuinnom krioelt van de mieren.
nominative/PP alternation
  the garden  swarms  of the ants
  'The garden is swarming with ants.'
c'. Het krioelt van de mieren [PP in de tuin].
  it  swarms  of the ants  in the garden
  'The garden is swarming with ants.'
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