rgyalrongskad at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 14:31:35 UTC 2015
In Heine and Kuteva 2002, there is no "become" category, but their "change
of state" is the closest to it. They find three origins for "change of
state": come to, get and go
The pathway make/do > become is quite common, I believe.
For instance, in Japhug Gyalrong there are two verbs meaning "become,
change (into)" *apa* and *aβzu* which are both etymologically passive forms
of verbs meaning "to do" *pa* and *βzu *(see Jacques 2012:210)
NB: *βzu*, borrowed from Tibetan *bzo*, means also "make", while *pa *means
mainly "close (door)" though it also means "do" in very restricted
*Heine, Bernd and Kuteva, Tania. 2002. World Lexicon of Grammaticalization.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press*
Jacques, Guillaume 2012 Argument demotion in Japhug Rgyalrong, in Gilles
Authier, Katharina Haude (eds) Ergativity, Valency and Voice. Berlin: De
Gruyter Mouton, pp.199-225. 2012
2015-07-03 15:59 GMT+02:00 David Gil <gil at eva.mpg.de>:
> Greetings, typologists, from the New Guinea Bird's Head.
> Does anybody know of any cross-linguistic studies examining the historical
> sources and etymologies of words or affixes that mean "become"?
> Alternatively, is anybody familiar with cases in which a word meaning
> "become" has its origin in a word meaning "make"/"do"?
> David Gil
> Department of Linguistics
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