[Lingtyp] 'Take' as diachronic source for causative? 'Stand' for ingressive?

Claudia Wegener claudia.wegener at uni-koeln.de
Tue Aug 18 12:06:41 UTC 2020

Dear all,

It was suggested to me that grammaticalization of the verb 'take' to a 
causative marker is typologically unusual, and indeed, apart from the 
mention of Twi and Nupe (in Kuteva et al. 2019 and sources cited 
therein) and Fon (Lefebvre 1991) I have found little to no information 
on languages where this has happened... Would any of you know any other 
languages and could point me towards publications I could cite?

And related to this, I have been even less successful at finding 
languages where the verb for 'to stand' (as posture verb) has been 
grammaticalized to function as a marker for ingressive - if you know of 
any, would you be so kind to point me to any publications?

Many thanks in advance,



Lefebvre, Claire. 1991. /Take/ serial verb constructions in Fon. In 
Claire Lefebvre (ed.), /Serial Verbs: Grammatical, Comparative/ /and 
Cognitive Approaches/, 37-78. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: Benjamins.

Kuteva, Tania, Bernd Heine, Bo Hong, Haiping Long, Heiko Narrog & 
Seongha Rhee (eds.). 2019. /World Lexicon of Grammaticalization/, 2nd 
edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Claudia Wegener
Abteilung Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Institut für Linguistik
Universität zu Köln
50923 Köln

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