[Lingtyp] languages lacking a verb for 'give'

Matthew Dryer dryer at buffalo.edu
Thu Jan 27 03:43:21 UTC 2022

I am sending this query on behalf of a colleague.

He wants to know whether anyone knows of a language that lacks a "give" type verb and would express something like "I gave him the book" instead as something like "I presented the book (to him) and he took it". That is, is there a language that can only express a give-type concept with two more analytic clauses?

Matthew Dryer

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