This article introduces the southern dative presentative, an understudied construction that varies across speakers of American English. The authors discuss similarities and differences between this construction and the better-studied personal dative construction and compare the Southern dative presentative with similar constructions cross-linguistically. They then present the results of a nationwide acceptability judgment survey administered on Amazon Mechanical Turk. The results show that Southern dative presentatives are alive and well in Southern dialects of American English. In the process, they also illustrate the usefulness of Amazon Mechanical Turk (and similar crowdsourcing platforms) for the study of dialect variation in the domain of syntax.
Research Article|August 01 2015
The Southern Dative Presentative Meets Mechanical Turk
American Speech (2015) 90 (3): 291-320.
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Jim Wood, Laurence Horn, Raffaella Zanuttini, Luke Lindemann; The Southern Dative Presentative Meets Mechanical Turk. American Speech 1 August 2015; 90 (3): 291–320. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-3324487
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