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Selection for Animacy and for PP
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Adjectives may combine with a PP complement. In that case, the adjective's subject argument is usually animate:

Example 1

Hy is mal oor haar.
he is crazy over her
He is crazy about her.
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If adjectives take a PP complement, then it is generally optional. However, in some cases, omission of the PP complement radically changes the meaning of the adjective. Such cases must be regarded as  idioms from a semantic point of view. Consider the pair of sentences below. There is no non-monotonic meaning change if the PP is omitted, in other words, the first sentence below entails the second one:

Example 2

Wanda is kwaad vir Hendrik.
Wanda is angry for Hendrik
Wanda is angry at Hendrik.
Example 3

Wanda is kwaad.
Wanda is angry
Wanda is angry.

The same remarks apply to sentences constructed with adjectives like the following:

Example 4

verlief op
enamoured of
Example 5

skuldig aan
guilty of

However, the following pair of sentences illustrates a non-monotonic change in meaning if the PP is omitted. That is, the first sentence below does not entail the second one:

Example 6

Hendrik is mal oor Wanda.
Hendrik is crazy over Wanda
Hendrik is crazy about Wanda.
Example 7

Hendrik is mal.
Hendrik is crazy
Hendrik is crazy.

The same remarks apply to sentences constructed with the following adjectives:

Example 8

bekend met
familiar with
Example 9

siek van
sick of

Adjectives may be further classified depending on whether or not they place an animacy restriction on their NP argument functioning as subject. Adjectives that form part of idiomatic combinations tend to be adjectives that require a subject that is animate. The development of metaphoric shifts in meaning is more likely to occur with predicates selecting animate subjects. The following sentences show that gekcrazy does not impose an animacy restriction on its subject when it occurs without PP.

Example 10

Dit is gek.
that is crazy
That is crazy.
Example 11

Hy is gek.
he is crazy
He is crazy.

A metaphoric shift in meaning is characteristically found when adjectives like gekfond, crazy select a PP. This correlates with the fact that they require an animate subject when selecting a PP:

Example 12

Hy is gek oor haar.
he is crazy over her
He is crazy about her.
Example 13

*Dit is gek oor haar.
that is crazy over her
*That is crazy about her.

The choice of the preposition is not always predictable. However, deverbal adjectives, that is, those adjectives which are related to verbs, take the same preposition as the corresponding verb:

Example 14

Maar dit hang ook af van die begroting.
but it also depends from the budget
But it also depends on the budget.
Example 15

Maar dit is ook afhanklik van die begroting.
but it is also dependent from the budget
But it is also dependent on the budget.
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