In this article it is shown that the direct object complement and indirect
object complement of the French verbs of nomination élire and
nommer function differently with regard to information structure. The
direct object complement has the characteristics of the "predicate-focus"
structures, whereas the indirect object complement can be considered to
belong to the "argument-focus" structures. This way it seems possible to
relate the two types of object complement to the typology of subject
complements, the direct object complement corresponding to the predicational
subject complement, and the function of the indirect object
complement being analogous to that of the specificational subject complement.
It is shown, furthermore, that the word order potential (i.e. the
possible positions of the direct object constituent and the object complement
constituent) is different for both object complement types. Once
again, a parallelism can be drawn with the subject complement sentences.