langa gagba

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Idiomatic N+V collocation; literally 'ear BE'. The A argument is treated as external possessor functioning as "subject" and licensing the additional (absolutive) body part argument langa 'ear' (not included in the coding frame here).

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: NV

Examples

(17)
Langa ngagba gurrag.
langa
ear
nga-gba
1SG.S-be.PST.PFV
gurrag
2PL.DAT
‘I was thinking about you all.’
(18)
<Grog>gubinji langa gunthuyu.
grog-gu=binji
alcohol-DAT=ONLY
langa
ear
gunthu-yu
2DU.S-be.PRS
‘You two only think about alcohol.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# THINK Coding set Argument type
1 thinker NP-abs subj.V S
2 thought content NP-dat X

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