[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] glossing transitivity increaser

Randy LaPolla randy.lapolla at gmail.com
Sun Jul 23 01:46:48 UTC 2017

Hi Toby,
It depends on what sort of argument is added when the affix is used: if it is a causer or actor it can be glossed as causative, but if it adds a non-actor argument is can be glossed as applicative, but in some cases (e.g. Figian, where most verb roots are intransitive and so take a suffix to be used transitively) people just gloss the transitivizing marker as "-TR". The name isn't important, really, it is just a label; what is important is that you explain how it works and under what conditions. 

Hope this helps. 


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> On 23 Jul 2017, at 12:18 AM, Toby A <toby_anderson at sil.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> does anyone know how to gloss a transitivity increaser? The Wikipedia page on glossing abbreviations doesn't seem to have this one.
> Toby
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