[Lingtyp] Double marking of the goal argument

Peter Bakker linpb at cc.au.dk
Mon Aug 23 17:16:53 UTC 2021

This is sometimes found in languages that shift from a case system to a prepositional system, often because of language contact, and it could be transitional. It happened in a number of Romani dialects, and also elsewhere. Nit only with motion verbs, by the way. I have the impression that this is what happened with Persian as well. When I get home, I can find you some references.

Peter Bakker

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Sendt: 23. august 2021 15:52
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Emne: [Lingtyp] Double marking of the goal argument

Dear all,

Is anyone aware of a language where the goal in a motion event is doubly marked? This happens in colloquial Persian:

(1) Ta     xune=ro          tu  20  dæqiqe dæv-id-æm.
      until  house=POSP in  20  minute  run-PST-1SG
      'I ran the distance to the house in 20 minutes.'

The goal is marked once by the preposition and once with the postposition RA, which is basically an object maker in Modern Persian. The given example is also possible without RA, as in (2).

(2) Ta     xune    20  dæqiqe dæv-id-æm.
      until  house  20  minute  run-PST-1SG
      'I ran toward the house for 20 minutes.'


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