beŋ

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Beŋ 'meet' is an intransitive verb with an inherently reciprocal meaning, whose subject must represent a plural entity (possibly expressed as a coordinate phrase, A niŋ B). The same verb is however used transitively with the meaning 'wander round a place'.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(3)
Kewó niŋ súnkútoo beńta.
kew-ó
man-DEF
niŋ
with
súnkút-oo
girl-DEF
beń-ta
meet-PF.POS
‘The man met the girl. \ Lit. The man with/and the girl met.’
(4)
Saateemóolu beńta.
saatee-móo-lu
village-person.DEF-PL
beń-ta
meet-PF.POS
‘The villagers gathered.’
(7)
Kewó ye baŋkôo bée beŋ.
kew-ó
man-DEF
ye
PF.POS
baŋk-ôo
country-DEF
bée
all
beŋ
wander_round
‘The man wandered around the whole country.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# MEET Coding set Argument type
1 meeter Ø S

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
R y
(5)
‘The chief gathered the villagers.’
(6)
‘The villagers were gathered.’
U
N n
(6)
‘The villagers were gathered.’
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n