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LINGUIST List 19.260

Tue Jan 22 2008

Qs: Prepositions in Verbs of Removal

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        1.    Zehavit Segal, Prepositions in Verbs of Removal


Message 1: Prepositions in Verbs of Removal
Date: 22-Jan-2008
From: Zehavit Segal <segalzebgu.ac.il>
Subject: Prepositions in Verbs of Removal
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Many languages possess ''verbs of removal'' that show the following
alternation:

1. John cleared the dishes off/from the table.
2. John emptied the water from the bathtub.

3. John cleared the table of the dishes.
4. John emptied the bathtub of the water.

I'm only interested in the variants (3)-(4), where the location is
expressed as a direct object and the ''stuff'' as an oblique PP.

If you speak a language that has something like (3)-(4), I'd be interested
to see the translations. I'm particularly interested in the shape of the
preposition(s) in these examples, so please gloss them in detail.

thanks in advance,
Zehavit Segal

segalzebgu.ac.il

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax



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