Datapoint Gurindji Kriol/Directional serial verb constructions with 'come' and 'go'

The verbs gon 'go', baldan 'fall' and additionally kam 'come' are motion verbs which mark a path, in the case of gon 'along a path' and baldan 'down' or provide information about directionality, for example kam 'towards deictic centre'. As minor verbs, they combine with main verbs of manner which stay close to their meaning as a main verb. These verbs can also be used in serial verb constructions to decrease the valency of a verb.


‘Come’ and ‘go’ directionals do not exist