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This is a transitive verb; if the verb has a direct object with a possessive construction, it can occur in the possessive alternation.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(25)
Ade fá irun-abíyá mi.
Ade
Ade
shave
irun-abíyá
hair-armpit
mi
1SG.POSS
‘Ade shaved my armpit.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SHAVE (a body part/person) Coding set Argument type
1 shaver (of body part) Ø A
2 shaved body part Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
M This alternation is marginal because it is only realized if the construction expresses a possession. n
(26)
‘Ade shaved my armpit.’
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