(nka-)y-ūlá

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/y-ūlá/
CPL-sing
The verb root is
-ūlá. It means 'make music', 'sing', 'dance'. To distinguish, a body part noun is incorporated, 'mouth' for 'sing' and 'foot' for 'dance'.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: NV

Example

(87)
Nkayūlátuʔwa nā nkwítząá tzaka jnii.
nkay-ūlá-tuʔwa
CPL-sing-mouth
na
ART
nkwítzą=V́
child=DEM
tzaka
one
jnii
song
‘The child sang a song.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SING Coding set Argument type
1 singer Ø A
2 song jiʔį̄+NP P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
R n
(88)
‘Gathered together, they are singing.’
C
R Used with 'dance' for sure. I'm not sure if it is used with 'sing'. y
(90)
‘She got him to dance.’
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
C
M y
(89)
‘During the year, one goes to dance, one goes.’
C
N y
C
N y