Definition of cognate object in English:

cognate object


  • 1A direct object that has the same linguistic derivation as the verb that governs it, as in “sing a song,” “live a good life.”

    • ‘Although examples can easily be constructed, the subject they contain does not have the properties associated with 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).’
    • ‘She has published on verb alternations like decausativization, cognate objects, and resultatives.’
    • ‘However, in Chinese, not only can intransitives take cognate objects, transitives can also take cognate objects.’
    • ‘I am also working on a typology of cognate objects, which includes much data concerning cognate objects in African languages.’
    1. 1.1A direct object that makes explicit a semantic concept that is already wholly present in the semantics of the verb which governs it, as in “ask a question,” “eat some food.”
      • ‘It's a sort of ‘cognate prepositional phrase’, like the cognate objects in ‘cost money’ or ‘owe money’.’