[Lingtyp] Verbs of success with dative subject

Guillaume Jacques rgyalrongskad at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 10:31:52 UTC 2019

Dear Spike,

In Japhug, the verb *ŋgrɯ* "succeed" selects the genitive, as in (1)

(1) aʑɯɣ pɯ-ŋgrɯ
1SG:GEN PFV-succeed
"I succeeded" (Jacques 2016: 210)

The genitive is used in Japhug to mark the recipient of some indirective
verbs, as well as the beneficiary.

Jacques, Guillaume 2016. Dictionnaire Japhug-chinois français, version 1.1,
Paris: projet Himalco

Le ven. 21 déc. 2018 à 17:01, Spike Gildea <spike at uoregon.edu> a écrit :

> 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!
> Best,
> Spike
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Guillaume Jacques
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