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The Double Object Construction and the Extraction of the Indirect Object

(1) a. John sent [NP1 Mary] [NP2 the book].
(cf. John sent the book to Mary.)
  b. *John sent [NP1 France] [NP2 the article].
(cf. John sent the article to France.)
(2) a. Mary got the book.
(cf. The book got to Mary.)
  b. *France got the article.
(cf. The article got to France.)
(3) a. Mary had the book.
  b. *France had the book.
(4) a. *John sent [NP2 a letter] [NP1 every musician in the orchestra].
  b. John sent [NP1 every musician in the orchestra] [NP2 a letter].


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