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

David Gil gil at shh.mpg.de
Thu Aug 20 10:53:30 UTC 2020

Dear Claudia,

A complex pattern of polysemy involving, among many other items, 'take' 
and causative, is described in Gil (2017) for several languages of 
Northwest New Guinea, Austronesian and Non-Austronesian.A possible 
example of partial 'take'/causative coexpression is provided by the 
isolate language Yawa.More commonly, though, the 'take'/causative 
connection is mediated by 'give', with lots of languages exhibiting 
'take'/'give' coexpression (e.g. Hatam, Meyah, Irarutu), and many other 
languages in the same region (e.g. Abun, Waropen, Roon) displaying 
'give'/causative coexpression.

Gil, David (2017) "Roon ve, DO/GIVE Coexpression, and Language Contact 
in Northwest New Guinea", in A. Schapper ed., /Contact and Substrate in 
the Languages of Wallacea Part 1/, /NUSA/ 62:41-100. 



On 18/08/2020 15:06, Claudia Wegener wrote:
> 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,
> Claudia
> References:
> 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
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David Gil
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