Ethical dative

(Gram.) a use of the dative of a pronoun to signify that the person or thing spoken of is regarded with interest by some one; as, Quid mihi Celsus agit? How does my friend Celsus do?

See also: Ethic

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Consider, for instance the so-called Ethical Dative, one of the variants of the Free Dative as shown in (5), which appears in sentences such as (6):
As noted by Janda (1993: 83), the use of the Ethical Dative is "largely subjective (pragmatic) [in that] it is a device employed by the speaker to capture the hearer's attention." What the speaker does in this case is "map the case relationship [by the above schema] onto the speech act domain, using the dative sphere to claim the existence of a relationship between the hearer and the narrated event.
(14) Tylko mi-DAT nie choruj (Ethical Dative and sphere of empathy).
Finally, we have (14), which is a typical example of the use of the Ethical Dative.
This might be construed as evidence that in fact this is not an EPC construction, but rather an "ethical dative" or "dative of experience." The degree to which it is possible to distinguish these in European languages is a non-trivial problem, not to be discussed here beyond simply saying that the issues I will pose for EPCs may apply as well to the constructions Shibatani discusses, including ethical datives and perhaps adversative passives as well.
An integrational approach to possessor raising, ethical datives and adversative passives.
(9.) Shibatani (1994) independently made a similar proposal for many other constructions that introduce an "extrathematic argument," including Japanese adversative passives and the many dative-marked "extra participants" (benefactive, so-called ethical datives and datives of interest, etc.).
the loss of the ethical dative), and to distinguishing between the different uses of 'you' and 'thou'.
Direct contiguity of the clitics is stipulated in order to exclude the (allegedly ungrammatical) cluster in example (12) where an ethical dative breaks up the ("pseudo") se lo cluster: (12) se me lo dijiste!