[Lingtyp] 'Take' as diachronic source for causative? 'Stand' for ingressive?
natalevs at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 21:12:24 UTC 2020
you can find some examples of 'take' as a verb expressing a causing event
in my database of causatives (constructions described as SVC are included):
They are not so rare, in fact. Here are the frequencies of different
lexical meanings from my database, where I could trace them.
make_do give put send take say
24 5 4 3 3 2
ask bring command establish EXISTENTIAL grasp
1 1 1 1 1 1
stand treat work
1 1 1
All the best,
On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 5:36 PM David Gil <gil at shh.mpg.de> wrote:
> 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
> 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,
> 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
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