au

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Unlike the English 'meet', the verb au cannot take an accusative object.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(23)
Ken-ga Mari-ni at-ta.
Ken-ga
Ken-nom
Mari-ni
Mari-dat
at-ta
meet-past
‘Ken met Mari.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# MEET Coding set Argument type
1 meeter NP-nom S
2 met person NP-dat X

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
C
N N.A. y
C
N y
U
R yes (theme: to 'with') n
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‘Ken met with Mari.’
U
N n