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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)
 > Merhaba!
 > 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
be transitive.