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The object is obligatory. In the examples I have, the verb bu "to smell" takes an object including bu "smell, odour".

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(67)
È bu bu rè nêdökètè.
è
3SG
bu
smell
bu
smell
POSS
nêdökètè
earth
‘He smells a smell coming from the earth. / Lit. He smells a smell of earth.’
(168)
Nee nyârî biri tö nèpwéé-kwé döbwa ri bu na bumata.
nee
shark
nyârî
turn
biri
around
at
nèpwéé-kwé
inside-water
döbwa
because
ri
3PL
bu
smell
na
PST
bu-mata
smell-raw
‘Sharks are turning back and forth in the water because they smelt a smell of raw flesh.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SMELL Coding set Argument type
1 smeller Ø A
2 smelled entity Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
C
y
C
R y
(245)
‘They make them smell a perfume.’
(246)
‘They give them a smell.’
C
N y
U
n
C
M y
U
N n