91 Applicative constructions

This feature is described more fully in chapter 91.


In an applicative construction, there is an additional (direct) object argument compared to the basic non-applicative construction, and there is an overt marker on the verb. Some languages only allow applicative constructions with transitive bases. The applicative object can have a variety of functions, especially benefactive, instrumental and locative function. This feature is based on WALS feature 109, by Maria Polinsky.


Martin Haspelmath, Susanne Maria Michaelis and the APiCS Consortium


Benefactive function and transitive base2
Benefactive function and any base1
Benefactive and other functions2
No applicative construction exists70

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