digirrij ganima

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Complex Verb. Lit. 'die + HIT'. Choice of alternative inflecting verbs specifies instrument of killing, e.g. ganijjany 'POKE, USE POINTED INSTRUMENT', ganangu 'GET/HANDLE, USE HANDS', ganiwa 'BITE'. See also entry for 'DIE'.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: VV

Example

(51)
Jaligdi digirrij ganimangu jurlag wagurrani.
jalig-di
child-ERG
digirrij
die
gani-mangu
3SG.A:3SG.P-hit.PST.PFV
jurlag
bird
wagurra-ni
stone-ERG/INST
‘The child killed the bird with a stone.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# KILL Coding set Argument type
1 killer NP-erg subj.V A
2 killee NP-abs obj.V P
3 killing instrument NP-instr I

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
M Atelic variant digirrijmayan gayu means 'be dying' not 'be killing' y
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(52)
‘(Many kites are circling there), maybe a kangaroo died.’
C
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
C
N y