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Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (UMR 7023 - SFL CNRS & U. Paris 8)
Give-constructions with final clauses in Haitian
In Haitian Creole a cognate element of the verb BA(Y) `give' can introduce either a DP (1) or a final clause (2)
(1) Jan voye let la bay Mari. (HC)
J. send letter det give M.
`Jan sent the letter to Mari.' lit `J. sent the letter give M.'
(2) Li achte savon bay Mari lave men li. (HC)
3sg buy soap give M. wash hands 3sg
‘S/he bought soap and gave (it) to Mary to wash her hands (with it).’
In this presentation I compare the restrictions on HC BA(Y) introducing DP complements with restrictions on the BA(Y) introducing clausal complements, showing that the constructions contrast on a range of properties.