owabs

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Other related verbs are wanms 'call (s/o s/t)' and wädäräns 'say, gossip, allege'; see N4:59; these are not given here.
zi 'word, language' can occur in the absolutive as a cognate object; it can be modified by possessives. The topic of conversation (about X) can be represented by an adjunct in the originative case.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form

Examples

(69)
Yao ämb zi aba nowabtan mlegeipap.
yao
NEG
ämb
any
zi
word(ABS)
aba
RCN
n-owab-ta-n
M:α-say-ND:IPF-1sgA
mleg-eipap
girl-DAT2
‘I didn't say anything to the girl.’
(75)
Bä zi nowabte.
3sgABS
zi
word
n-owab-t-e
M:α-talk-ND:IPF-3sgA
‘He is talking.’
(76)
Är togaepap zi aba nowabte mlegändemne.
är
man(ABS)
tog-aepap
child-DAT2
zi
word(ABS)
aba
RCN
n-owab-t-e
M:α-talk-ND:IPF-3sgA
mleg-ände-mne
girl-GEN-ORIG
‘The man talked to the boy about the girl.’

Verb meanings , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SAY TALK Coding set Argument type
1 sayer talker NP-abs & V.act X
2 said content talked about content NP-abs X
3 saying addressee talked to person NP-dat X

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
y
C
y
U
n
U
n
C
y
C
y
C
y
U
n
C
y
U
n
C
y
C
y
C
y
C
y
C
y
U
n
U
n