Datapoint Diu Indo-Portuguese/Ditransitive constructions with ‘give’

In the contexts targeted here (i.e. ditransitive clauses with an inanimate theme vs. monotransitive clauses with an inanimate patient), Diu Indo-Portuguese uses an indirect-object construction.

However, since animacy is relevant for case-assignment in Diu Indo-Portuguese, it is interesting that, when compared with monotransitive clauses with an animate (or pronominal) patient, the language adheres to a primative-secundative alignment strategy. A preposition marking what I will describe as dative-accusative case precedes animate patient arguments in monotransitive clauses. In ditransitive clauses, on the other hand, dative-accusative case is normally assigned to the recipient argument only, not to the theme (cases of double dative-accusative-marking on the theme and recipient arguments, though recorded, are not common).

Values

Indirect-object construction

Example 39-93:
Yo tə faze burak.
Yo
1sg
ipfv.npst
faz-e
make-inf
burak.
hole
I'm making a hole.

Source: Cardoso 2009: 327

Example 39-53:
Yo a da kriãs pə tɛtɛ.
Yo
1sg
a
irr.npst
da
give.inf
kriãs
child
dat
tɛtɛ.
aunt
I will give the children to (my) aunt.

Source: Cardoso 2009: 196

Confidence:
Very certain