Alternation ‘Potential Alternation’ (Coded)

The Potential Alternation is a coded alternation (with the suffix -yɬ, -iyɬ after a consonant). The argument of the potential construction to which ability is assigned (i.e. the X of ‘X can Verb’) stands in the possessive case, corresponding to the ergative in the basic form.

Verb Meaning Verb form Basic coding frame Derived coding frame Occurs Comment # Ex.