assassinare

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The A argument of this verb has a high degree of thematic specification (i.e., agentivity) (Koontz-Garboden 2009). This determines its participating in different transitivity alternations compared with other accomplishments such as uccidere 'kill'.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(66)
L'omicida ha assassinato la vittima con una corda.
l'=omicida
ART.DEF.M.SG=killer.M.SG
ha
have.PRS.3SG
assassina-t-o
kill-PP-M.SG
la
ART.DEF.F.SG
vittim-a
victim-F.SG
con
with
un-a
ART.INDF-F.SG
cord-a
rope-F.SG
‘The killer killed his victim with a rope.’
(68)
L'uomo ha fatto assassinare il suo nemico da un sicario.
l'=uom-o
ART.DEF.M.SG=man-M.SG
ha
have.PRS.3SG
fatt-o
make.PP-M.SG
assassina-re
kill-INF
il
ART.DEF.M.SG
su-o
his-M.SG
nemic-o
enemy-M.SG
da
by
un
ART.INDF.M
sicari-o
killer-M.SG
‘The man had his enemy murdered by an assassin.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# ASSASSINATE Coding set Argument type
1 assassin V.subj A
2 assassinee Ø P
3 assassination instrument con+NP I

Alternations