piicè

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piicè is the compound form of pisi "look for" + "for something precise"; both forms co-exist.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form
Verb type: VV

Examples

(81)
Wîrî wâ piicè nèmêrèbwaa-rè.
wîrî
2PL
PFV
piicè
search.for
nè-mêrèbwaa-rè
NMLZ-stay-3SG
‘You are going to search for a place to stay.’
(82)
È nä piicè rè nea rèè tö kètè wânîî.
è
3SG
IPFV
piicè
search.for
IPFV
nea
knife
rè-è
POSS-3SG
at
kètè
place
wânîî
all
‘He is searching for his knife everywhere.’
(80)
È wâ fâwi chaaké dèèri mè ri wâ fè piicè rè ru.
è
3SG
PFV
fâwi
choose
chaaké
several
dèèri
people
in.order.to
ri
3PL
PFV
go
piicè
search.for
POSS
ru
3DU
‘He chooses several persons to go search for the two of them.’
(147)
Ri pisi cè nênê-ri, nä ri wâ da.
ri
3PL
pisi
look.for
for.a.specific.goal
nênê-ri
food-POSS.3PL
then
ri
3PL
PFV
da
eat
‘The looked for food, and then ate.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SEARCH FOR Coding set Argument type
1 searcher Ø A
2 searched for thing Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
n
U
N n
C
y
C
N y
U
M n
C
y
C
R y
C
N y
U
n
C
R y
(281)
‘My old people, they also taught me how to look for a way of rising (above one's situation).’
(314)
‘They walk around during the night or in the evening searching for food.’
U
N n