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Going in the clause: ba and be in Santome


Tjerk Hagemeijer

Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, PT
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This paper investigates the distribution and the properties of the two allomorphs that stand for the verb ‘to go’ in Santome. From the analysis of a range of grammatical properties, such as Case-marking, extraposition, pseudoreflexivisation and serialisation, I conclude that directed motion verbs are unspecified in the lexicon with respect to transitivity. Furthermore, the data show that there is a default form for ‘to go’, which I assume to be merged into the derivation. The non-default form can only be derived post-syntactically if special requirements are met.
How to Cite: Hagemeijer, T. (2004). Going in the clause: ba and be in Santome. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 3(2), 71–95. DOI:
Published on 30 Sep 2004.
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