Liane Ströbel

Sensorimotor-based Concepts in Serial-Verb-Languages

In Ewe, a serial-verb-language, the etymology of le asi (‘have’; le ‘be’ + asi ‘in hand’) seems still fairly transparent and favors the rise of constructions with dzè :

Ga le asinye (Westermann 1907: 75)

money be hand-1psg
‘I have money’

 

wò ŋkú

make look ‘take a look’

dzè dzí

make success ‘have success’