Definitions starting with G

ID #4458

gi, give

prep. 0bs? [Pan-Creole; cf. Sra. gi, Haitian ba, Port. Cr. da (Ivens Ferraz 1979:108) etc.; a calque on the second element in serial verbs in various African languages, meaning both 'give' and 'for' (the latter before a quasi indirect ob­ject), e.g. Ewe na, Ashanti ma, ha (Her­skivits 289); see Hall 1966:78-9, Taylor 1971: 294-5]

for: 1918 They fry fowl egg, many cake give him (Parsons 53).

Tags: calque, preposition

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Last update: 2011-05-01 17:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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