tèpe

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This verb also means "to speak", "give a speech", "speech". It can have different complements, all introduced by a preposition ( AT "about", ngê INS "with", BEN "to").

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(89)
Kamûrû tèpe na wâ nèxuu xù xötö.
kamûrû
man
tèpe
talk
na
PST
about
nèxuu
girl
BEN
xötö
boy
‘The man talked to the boy about the girl.’
(90)
Ke tèpe wâ puu-rö mê nîî-rö.
ke
2SG
tèpe
talk
about
puu-rö
origin-2SG
and
nîî-rö
name-2SG
‘You are talking about your origin and your name.’
(150)
Êê pwââxwâ tèpe wâ nèpwéé-kètè Cöö.
êê
3SG.INDEF
pwââxwâ
much
tèpe
talk
about
nèpwéé-kètè
inside-place
Cöö
Thio
‘One has so often talked about the Thio region.’
(141)
Rè tèpe kaù ngê nââ pwângara, na aaxa röö?
3SG
tèpe
speak
kaù
INTERR
ngê
INS
nââ
language
pwângara
white.people
na
SM
aaxa
chief
rö-ö
POSS-2SG
‘Is your chief speaking French? / Is your chief speaking with the French language?’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# TALK Coding set Argument type
1 talker Ø S
2 talked about content wâ+NP X
3 talked to person xù+NP X

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
R n
(249)
‘He is walking and talking in the same time.’
U
N n
C
y
C
N y
U
n
C
y
C
R y
(250)
‘I make him speak about the country.’
C
N y
U
n
C
R y
(319)
‘We are showing these pictures so that children will speak (about them).’
U
N n