Value Subject – verb – recipient – theme

Language:
Haitian Creole
Parameter:
Order of recipient and theme in ditransitive constructions

Examples

  1. Pòl ba Anita yon mango.
    Pòl
    Paul
    ba
    give
    Anita
    Anita
    yon
    indf
    mango.
    mango
    Paul gave Anita a mango.
    French: Paul a donné une mangue à Anita.

    See Fattier & Sörés 1999: 54

  2. Li te gen twa zoranj, li ban m youn.
    Li
    3sg
    te
    ant
    gen
    have
    twa
    three
    zoranj,
    orange
    li
    3sg
    ban
    give
    m
    1sg
    youn.
    num
    He had three oranges, he gave me one of them.
    French: Il avait trois oranges, il m'en a donné une.

    See Valdman et al. 2007: 71

  3. Li vle pase moun lòd kòm si li te mèt kay.
    Li
    3sg
    vle
    want
    pase
    give
    moun
    person
    lòd
    order
    kòm
    as
    si
    if
    li
    3sg
    te
    ant
    mèt
    master
    kay.
    house
    He wants to order people around as if he were the master of the house.
    French: Il veut donner des ordres aux gens comme si il était le maître de maison.

    See Desmarattes 1983: 4