sink

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Although it is not grammatically obligatory, sink conceptually requires a locus expression. By default this is 'in/into the water'. Preposition under is also possible.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(263)
The boat sank.
the
the
boat
boat
sank
sank
‘The boat sank.’
(426)
It sank into the swamp.
it
it
sank
sank
into
into
the
the
swamp
swamp
‘It sank into the swamp.’
(427)
The poor boy lost his grip and sank under the waves.
the
the
poor
poor
boy
boy
lost
lost
his
his
grip
grip
and
and
sank
sank
under
under
the
the
waves
waves
‘The poor boy lost his grip and sank under the waves.’
(428)
The Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean.
the
the
Titanic
Titanic
sank
sank
in
in
the
the
Atlantic
Atlantic
Ocean
Ocean
‘The Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean.’
(429)
Those who can't swim generally sink like a stone.
those
those
who
who
can
can
not
not
swim
swim
generally
generally
sink
sink
like
like
a
a
stone
stone
‘Those who can't swim generally sink like a stone.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SINK Coding set Argument type
1 sunken entity NP-nom V.subj S

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
N
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
R n
(264)
‘We sank their boat.’
U
M n
(265)
‘Their boat sunk on them.’