Going to Named Places (Feature 80)
Here we look especially at ‘motion-to’-constructions. As different goals might be differently marked, we only take “named places” into account, e.g. names of villages, cities.
In expressions like ‘My mother went to Belair’, many languages do not use a spatial adposition (see Value 1). Other languages might use adpositions (pre-, post-, circumpositions: see Values 2-4). Serial verb constructions may also express ‘motion-to’ (see Value 5). For the definition of serial verb constructions as used in the APiCS questionnaire, please see the APiCS Glossary and Feature 84, “'Come' and 'Go' Serial Verb Constructions”.
|1||No marking|| Something like “She went Belair“: |
M rive Nouyòk.
[I arrive New York]
‘I arrived at New York.’
|2||Preposition||Something like "She went to Belair."|
|3||Postposition||Something like “She went Belair to"|
|4||Circumposition|| Afrikaans |
na Belair toe
[to Belair to]
|5||Serial verb|| Something like. “She went go Belair’|
A marker counts as a serial verb if it is also used as a verb in other constructions.
À go rich Òyó.
[1sg go reach Òyó]
‘I went to Òyó.’
|6||Serial verb plus adposition|| Early Sranan |
A wakka go na Galileakondre.
[3sg walk goprep Galilee-country]
’He travelled to Galilee’
|7||Other||(Please give details in the “General comments” field.)|