mot-te kuru

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Mot-te kuru (lit. 'come while carrying') is a complex predicate consisting of two verbs. Japanese has no single verb that corresponds to 'bring'.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: VV

Example

(79)
Syoozyo-ga watasi-ni hana-o mot-te ki-ta.
syoozyo-ga
girl-nom
watasi-ni
1.sg-loc
hana-o
flower-acc
mot-te
bring-ger
ki-ta
come-past
‘The girl brought flowers to me.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# BRING Coding set Argument type
1 bringer NP-nom A
2 bringing recipient NP-loc L
3 brought thing NP-acc P

Alternations