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Complex Verb (reflexive). Lit. 'become.detached + HIT-REFL', i.e. 'pluck oneself'. UV is a monovalent change of location predicate meaning 'become detached of long flexible object attached at one end, e.g. hair, feathers, grass'. The inflecting verb ganima 'HIT' appears in secondary meaning of 'totally affect'. In the 'shave' sense, because of the regular external possessor construction with body parts, the Possessor is P (indexed on the verb), and the body part/'hair' can be added as absolutive NP.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: VV

Example

(23)
Jab ngabaji ngurungurung.
jab
become.detached
nga-ba-ji
1SG.S-POT:hit-REFL
ngurungurung
beard
‘I want to shave (my) beard. (Lit. 'I want to pluck myself with respect to the beard').’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SHAVE (a body part/person) Coding set Argument type
1 shaver (of body part) NP-abs subj.V S
2 shaved body part NP-abs X

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(45)
‘That white man is weeding the grass, look.’
C
R y
(46)
‘Her hair is coming out.’
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(180)
‘She plucks off leaves (off a branch).’
C
R y
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y