Datapoint Santome/‘Take’ serial verb constructions

Values

Instrument of the second verb, with resumptive pronoun Frequency: 25.0%

Example 35-192:
Tlêxi ome toma inen faka se kota mpon ku ê.
Tlêxi
three
ome
man
toma
take
inen
pl.def
faka
knife
se
dem
kota
cut
mpon
bread
ku
with
ê.
3sg
Three men cut the bread with the knifes in question. OR: Three men took the knifes in question and cut the bread.
Confidence:
Very certain

Instrument of the second verb, no resumptive pronoun Frequency: 25.0%

Example 35-188:
Ê toma faka va mpon.
Ê
3sg
toma
take
faka
knife
va
slice
mpon.
bread
He sliced the bread with a knife. OR: He took the knife and sliced the bread.
Confidence:
Very certain

Theme of the second verb, literal interpretation possible Frequency: 25.0%

Example 35-193:
So san toma platu se pê son.
So
then
san
she
toma
take
platu
plate
se
dem
put
son.
ground
Then she put the plate on the ground. OR: The she took the plate and put it on the ground.
Example 35-190:
Tlabadô toma inen mantxin se kota po ku ê.
Tlabadô
worker
toma
take
inen
3pl.def
mantxin
axe
se
dem
kota
cut
po
tree
ku
with
ê.
3sg
The workers cut the tree(s) with those/these axes.

Source: Hagemeijer 2000: 39

Confidence:
Very certain

Theme of the second verb, literal interpretation impossible Frequency: 25.0%

Example 35-189:
Ê toma Fela Pontu fe ji dê.
Ê
3sg
toma
take
Fela
Fela
Pontu
Pontu
fe
make
ji
of
d=ê.
of=3sg
He made the Fela Pontu (central market) his own.

Source: Quintas da Graça 1989: 29

Example 35-191:
Toma ope bi lêlê mu.
Toma
take
ope
foot
bi
come
lêlê
accompany
mu.
me
Come to me on your feet.
Confidence:
Very certain