Ket ket Wals

Family Yeniseic
Region Asia



Edward J. Vajda

Western Washington University


Elena Kryukova

Tomsk State Pedagogical University

with data contributions by 3 native speakers

How to cite the Ket dataset  BibTeX

Vajda, Edward J. & Kryukova, Elena. 2013. Ket Valency Patterns.
In: Hartmann, Iren & Haspelmath, Martin & Taylor, Bradley (eds.) 2013.
Valency Patterns Leipzig.
Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
(Available online at, Accessed on 2021-10-18)


84 Verb forms 21 Coding frames 6 Alternations (99.8% avail.) 95 glossed Examples


General comment

RE: Ommission of reflexive pronouns
Ket verbs regularly omit the object NP verb externally and also omit the verb-external reflexive pronoun, but the verb-internal marker that indexes this valent is never dropped for discourse reasons.

RE: Object omission (NP ommission)
Ket regularly drops its verb-external object NP to background it in discourse. However, the verb-internal object marker remains regardless of discourse function.