Re: THEORY: applicatives
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 31, 2005, 17:43|
Thomas Wier wrote:
> > Is this like the English:
> > Peter gave Paula a book. -> Peter presented Paula with
> > a book.
> Not really. Applicative constructions are valence-increasing
> devices that are generally multimorphemic. The German example
> that Joerg gave is slightly unhelpful, since "be-" also just
> has plain causative functions which, of course, are also valency
Indeed, it's a bad example from a language that is not usually
described as having applicative constructions. I wouldn't
normally describe this as an applicative construction, either;
only as "something like an applicative". Your Meskwaki example
is much better.