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'tell' or 'ask' since lexical direct object, verb choice determined by complement type

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form
Verb type: V

Examples

(43)
Ójé rẹ́' ẹ́ áléké “ọ́lì òkpòsò gbé ọ́lí ófè.”
ójé
Oje
rẹ́'
CONC
ẹ́
tell
áléké
Aleke
ọ́lì
the
òkpòsò
woman
gbé
kill
ọ́lí
the
ófè
rat
‘Oje told Aleke, “The woman killed the rat.”’
(44)
Ójé rẹ́' ẹ́ áléké “ébé' ọ́lí ókpósó í' gbé ọ́lí ófè?”
ójé
Oje
rẹ́'
CONC
ẹ́
ask
áléké
Aleke
“ébé'
how
ọ́lí
the
ókpósó
woman
í'
MAN
gbé
kill
ọ́lí
the
ófè”
rat
‘Oje asked Aleke, “How did the woman kill the rat?”’

Verb meanings , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# ASK (a question) TELL Coding set Argument type
1 Q asker teller Ø A
2 Q asked person tellee Ø P
3 Q told content UTT X

Alternations