nuneul kkambagida (눈을 깜박이다)

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In this expression, nun may occur without accusative case marking, although as opposed to complex predicates shown in this database, nun 'eye' can function as the grammatical subject in a passive construction (ex. 174). Moreover, the verb kkambagida contributes to the meaning of the whole which is not typical of other 'light verb' constructions. This suggests that this is rather an idiomatic expression than a complex predicate where a noun-like element and a (semantically most often 'empty') verb build a joint predication. Note that nun cannot be dropped to create the meaning of BLINK ONE'S EYES.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: NV

Example

(38)
Geuneun nuneul kkambagyeotta.
geu-neun
he-TOP
nun-eul
eye-ACC
kkambagi-eoss-da
blink-PST-DECL
‘He blinked with his eyes.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# BLINK Coding set Argument type
1 blinker NP-nom S

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
C
R y
(174)
‘After my operation I couldn't blink my eyes anymore.’
C
N y
U
N n