Re: Dative Case

From: HÃ¥kan Lindgren
Message: 7412
Date: 2001-05-28

Mark Odegard wrote -

But then, when you hang around language goups on the net, you learn
about the benefactive, the 'for-datives'.
- - -
Just what is the dative, in *pure* terms?
I would also like to hear more about this. I've always assumed that the benefactive sense was the core meaning of the dative, assuming that it got its name from the Latin verb dare (to give).