teyi (2)

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Teyi 'cut' is used specifically with reference to plant stems (grass, rice, millet, reed, etc.); 'cut' in general is expressed as kuntu. Teyi 'cut' is cognate with teyi 'cross', but teyi 'cross' is an A-labile verb, whereas teyi 'cut' is a plain transitive verb. The homonymy between teyi 'cut' and teyi 'break' is the accidental result of phonetic changes (these two verbs have distinct forms in the other Manding varieties).

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

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Kewó ye ñantáŋo teyi faŋó la.
kew-ó
man-DEF
ye
PF.POS
ñantáŋ-o
thatching_grass-DEF
teyi
cut
faŋ-ó
cutlass-DEF
la
OBL
‘The man cut thatching-grass with a cutlass.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# CUT Coding set Argument type
1 cutter Ø A
2 cut thing Ø P
3 cutting instrument NP+la I

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