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can mean both 'ask (to/whether)' and 'tell' sense of 'give a request/command'.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(206)
Wagibta Blag témta!
wagib-ta
fish-OBL
Blag
Blag(ABS)
t-ém-ta-ø
3sgU:β-ask-ND:IPF-IPF:IMP:2sgA
‘Ask Blag for a fish!’
(78)
Ynd Idaba yémtandn, yande/yanzo dmab dgan ym, kkpan o wrngan ym.
ynd
1sgERG
Idaba
Idaba
y-ém-ta-nd-n
3sgU-ask-ND:IPF-ND:PST.PF-1sgA
yande/yanzo
3sgGEN/3sgRR
dmab
woman
dga-n
where-LOC
y-m
3sgU:α-be
kkp-an
garden-LOC
o
or
wrng-an
forest-LOC
y-m
3sgU:α-be
‘I asked Idaba where his wife was, in the garden or in the forest.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# ASK FOR Coding set Argument type
1 asker NP-erg & V.act A
2 askee NP-abs & und.V P
3 requested thing NP-obl 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