Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Verbal Particle

Definition: 

A verbal particle is a member of a closed class of particles which co-occur with some verbs to form phrasal verbs. In some languages, verbal particles are identical to certain adpositions.

Examples: 

(English)

The item give up is a verbal particle, as in the following:

  • He gave up smoking.
  • He gave smoking up.

(Akan)

The item gyee...so ‘answered’ is a verbal particle, as in the following:

Kofi gyee Kwame so

Kofi received Kwame on

‘Kofi answered Kwame.’

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