Re: Transitivity with the reflexive and reciprocal
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 9, 2004, 19:10|
Trebor Jung wrote at 2004-02-08 20:45:33 (-0500)
> Are the verbs in these two sentences transitive or intransitive?
> They seem to be transitive, but since what's after the verb
> basically repeats the subject, I'm not sure.
> They fight with each other.
> He washes himself.
Well... It's largely a matter of how you want to define choose to
define your terms. Generally speaking, I'd consider a reflexive to be
an intransitive; the verb is lexically transitive, but you've applied
a detransitivizing operation to it (reflexivization). Similarly with
reciprocals, I think, although I suppose you could have a reciprocal
form which took a subject and an object. Then I guess it would still