bula (2)

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The basic meaning of bula is 'settle (somewhere)' (for its transitive use 'put somewhere, see bula (1)). Bula also constitutes the counterpart of 'A follows X' in a construction whose literal meaning is 'settle oneself on the track of' (coding frame A > V > X+nooma). This verb is also found in an idiom expressing 'remember' (Mandinka expresses 'X remembers Y' as 'X's mind settles at Y'). It is also productively used as a causative operator.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

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Kewó buláta súŋkútoo nóoma.
kew-ó
man-DEF
bulá-ta
settle-PF.POS
súŋkút-oo
girl-DEF
nóoma
on_the_track
‘The man followed the girl.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# FOLLOW Coding set Argument type
1 follower Ø S
2 followee NP+nooma X

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