[Lingtyp] Verbs of success with dative subject

Denis CREISSELS denis.creissels at univ-lyon2.fr
Fri Dec 21 16:31:58 UTC 2018

Caucasian languages are a case in point. Cf. for example Akhvakh (Nakh-Daghestanian, Andic):


di-ƛa čaka b-it’aχ-ari

1SG-DAT very N-succeed-PFV

‘I was very lucky’


(possible reference: Creissels, Denis. 2017. Transitivity and valency in Northern Akhvakh. Lingvisticæ Investigationes 40:1, 82–117 – the example above (taken from Magomedova & Abdulaeva’s Akhvakh-Russian dictionary) is not quoted in this paper, but in section 2.3.2, p. 95, there is a list of verbs with the coding frame in question, among which b-it’aχ-uruƛa)


Denis Creissels


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Objet : [Lingtyp] Verbs of success with dative subject


Dear colleagues, 


I forward a query from my colleague, Jóhanna Barðdal, who is looking for examples of predicates of "success” with non canonical subject marking, in particular those that take a dative subject. 


We are working on Indo-European verbs/predicates with the meanings 'succeed', 'be successful', 'make progress', 'turn out well', 'go well'. The last one in the sense "he is doing well in his dance class" or even "he is doing well in life”.  


Thank you in advance for indications of other places in the world where we might find such predicates taking a dative subject!




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