faînû

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compound: fa- causative prefix, înû "learn".
The object may be direct and is then a patient, or is introduced by the benefactive preposition, and is then more like a recipient. What is taught is in both cases introduced by the instrumental preposition
ngê.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form

Example

(66)
Nâ faînû xù è ngê nââ xârâcùù.
1SG
fa-înû
CAUS-learn
BEN
è
3SG
ngê
INS
nââ-xârâcùù
language-Xârâcùù
‘I am teaching him the Xârâcùù language. / Lit. I am teaching to him with the Xârâcùù language.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# TEACH Coding set Argument type
1 teacher Ø S
2 taught content ngê+NP I
3 teachee xù+NP X

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
n
U
N n
C
y
C
N y
U
n
C
y
C
M y
C
N y
U
R n
(65)
‘I am teaching him the Xârâcùù language.’
C
R y
(301)
‘French people paid the teachers.’
U
N n