wè̩

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A transitive verb; but can also be used intransitively in the inchoative-causative alternation involving a patientive subject. The verb meaning itself is 'bathe'. Unlike its variant fò̩, it is always used in connection with animate referents, alive or dead, and sometimes body parts, e.g. hand(s), leg(s) and the face.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(20)
Ade we̩ o̩mo̩ náà.
Ade
Ade
we̩
bathe
o̩mo̩
child
náà
DEF
‘Ade bathe the child.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# WASH Coding set Argument type
1 washer Ø A
2 washed entity Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
M Although the transitive usage of wè̩ also includes dead animates, the inchoative-causative alternation excludes a dead animate. Hence, while it is possible to say: ó we̩ òkú náà 'He bathed / washed the corpse', It is not correct to say: *òkú náà wè̩ 'The corpse bathed / washed'. n
(21)
‘The child bathe/wash.’
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n