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Recipient is the semantic role of the indirect object or three-place predicates of verbs of ‘giving’. In Greek recipients are typically animate and are prototypically expressed with the dative case. Recipients are syntactically indirect objects.

Recipient is the role taken by the third argument of some three-place predicates, typically verbs of giving such as dídōmi ‘give’, pémpō ‘send’, prosphérō ‘offer’, according to Luraghi (2003). Recipients are typically human and as the Greek dative has the distinctive property of bei…

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Christina Sevdali, “Recipient”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000523>
First published online: 2013

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