argument structure of k'u 'give'

Koontz John E John.Koontz at colorado.edu
Thu Nov 18 17:19:28 UTC 2004


On Wed, 17 Nov 2004, REGINA PUSTET wrote:
> Here is another k'u-form from the texts, also with three overt
> arguments, one of them being wa- 'non-specific patient'. But the
> analysis of this example is complicated by the presence of locative o-,
> to the effect that the verb form might contain a locative phrase rather
> than a benefactive one, depending on the interpretation. Buechel has
> ok'u 'to give to, especially food', but that doesnÂ’t tell us either if
> the Lakota speaker conceptualizes the o-participant as a locative or as
> a benefactive.

I believe Carolyn Quintero had a series of a-locative forms in Osage with
benefactive readings, but I don't recall the details.



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