gbé̩

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This is a transitive verb. As for the meaning 'dig for something', the only way to express it in Yoruba is to say 'X digs Y's hole' (see example). For 'dig for a material', e.g. gold, Yoruba will use the LOOK or SEARCH verb , sometimes combining with a Locative phrase 'X Y (ní ilè)' X looks for Y from the ground'.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(144)
Ade gbé̩ ihò òkété.
Ade
Ade
gbé̩
dig
ihò
hole
òkété
giant_rat
‘Ade dug for a giant rat.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# DIG Coding set Argument type
1 digger Ø A
2 dug hole/ground Ø P

Alternations

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