nââ

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As a verb, nââ means "ask for", but it also occurs as a preverb "to feel like, to desire to do sth" (as in 191), that is: "ask for oneself"

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(47)
Xötö nââ na mwânè taa kamûrû.
xötö
boy
nââ
ask.for
na
PST
mwânè
money
taa
NBEN
kamûrû
man
‘The boy asked the man for money. / The boy asked money from the man.’
(190)
Nâ nââ sââ-pwî taa rö.
1SG
nââ
ask.for
sââ-pwî
sucker-banana.tree
taa
NBEN
2SG
‘I am asking you for banana suckers.’
(189)
Nâ nââ taa rö kèè-fè ti niira.
1SG
nââ
ask.for
taa
NBEN
2SG
kèè-fè
NMLZ-go
ti
at
niira
plain
‘I ask you to go to the plain.’
(191)
Nâ nââ mètùsè.
1SG
nââ
feel.like
mètùsè
sleep
‘I feel like sleeping.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# ASK FOR Coding set Argument type
1 asker Ø A
2 requested thing Ø P
3 askee taa+NP X

Alternations