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This is a transitive verb, which has the same distribution as its synonym kàn (see relevant record). The instrument argument is introduced by fi in the basic construction. The verb can also occur in both the possessive and Fi-ní alternations.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(59)
Ade fi igi bà mi.
Ade
Ade
fi
take
igi
stick
touch
mi
1SG.O
‘Ade touched me with a stick.’
(199)
ó bà mí.
ó
3SG.S
touch
1SG.O
‘It touched me.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# TOUCH Coding set Argument type
1 toucher Ø A
2 touching instrument fi+NP I
3 touchee Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
M n
(60)
‘Ade touched my head (lit. Ade touched me on the head).’
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
R n
(200)
‘Ade touched me with a stick.’
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n