[Lingtyp] Double marking of the goal argument

Irina Nikolaeva in3 at soas.ac.uk
Mon Aug 23 20:29:16 UTC 2021

Dear Farhad,

I am not sure the function or RA here is to mark the goal argument per se
(hence no double marking). RA can occur on a variety of grammatical
functions, and many people have argued that its function is to mark
specificity/topicality/identifiability or the like.


Prof. Irina Nikolaeva, FBA, MAE


On Mon, 23 Aug 2021 at 14:52, Farhad Moezzipour <fmp59i at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.'
> Regards,
> Farhad
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