One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A direct object that has the same linguistic derivation as the verb which governs it, as in ‘sing a song’.
- ‘She has published on verb alternations like decausativization, cognate objects, and resultatives.’
- ‘Although examples can easily be constructed, the subject they contain does not have the properties associated with cognate objects.’
- ‘I am also working on a typology of cognate objects, which includes much data concerning cognate objects in African languages.’
- ‘However, in Chinese, not only can intransitives take cognate objects, transitives can also take cognate objects.’
- ‘A cognate object is one whose sense incorporates the action or state represented by the clause (to sleep the sleep of the just).’
- 1.1 A direct object that makes explicit a semantic concept that is already present in the semantics of the verb which governs it, as in ‘eat some food’.
- ‘It's a sort of ‘cognate prepositional phrase’, like the cognate objects in ‘cost money’ or ‘owe money’.’
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