[Lingtyp] languages lacking a verb for 'give'

Maia Ponsonnet maia.ponsonnet at uwa.edu.au
Thu Jan 27 08:56:17 UTC 2022

Somewhat tangentially, you may want to look at some of the chapters in this volume?
I can't remember a mention of the phenomenon you describe, but some of the contributions may have clues?
Cheers and kind regards, Maïa

Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
Adjunct Researcher, Discipline of Linguistics

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The University of Western Australia
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From: Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of Matthew Dryer <dryer at buffalo.edu>
Sent: Thursday, 27 January 2022 4:43 AM
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Subject: [Lingtyp] languages lacking a verb for 'give'

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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