kxʼuu

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The verb means basically 'do' and 'make'; it also is used in all translational equivalents of 'build'; furthermore, it is used as a causative marker (cf. the causative alternation).

Coding frame

Examples

(158)
Dya kxʼuu nǁng ng ki a.
dya
1PL.I
kxʼuu
make
nǁng
house
ng
OBL
ki
place
a
this
‘We build a house here.’
(216)
Ha kxʼuu nǁng ʘoa.
ha
3SG
kxʼuu
make
nǁng
house
ʘoa
DIM
‘She makes a small hut.’
(218)
A ng sii ng kxʼuu koffie.
a
CONN
ng
1SG
sii
come
ng
1SG
kxʼuu
make
koffie
coffee
‘Then I come (and) make coffee.’

Verb meanings , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# BUILD MAKE Coding set Argument type
1 builder maker Ø A
2 built thing made thing Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
R n
(217)
‘I make you (look like) a flower. / I turn you into a flower.’
(220)
‘Then they also turn Janniejannie into a servant. / Then they also make Janniejannie become a servant.’
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
R n
(219)
‘The man builds a house with/from grass.’
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y