In this paper we propose to analyze non-core dative arguments as introduced by high applicative heads. First we show that theoretically and empirically low applicatives should not be part of the typology of applicative heads. Then we suggest, on the basis of novel data from French that there may be more than one type of high applicative head, merged at different positions along the clausal skeleton. We show that French non-core dative constructions: benefactive datives, coreferential datives and possibly ethical datives, can be syntactically distinguished on the basis of the merger position of the applicative head. Finally, we suggest that the applicative head is endowed with an affectedness feature checked against a DP in the structure.