Example 25-98

Thet the mindubala lengwij na wi toking la yu dijey taka.
Thet
dem
the
eq.cop
mindubala
1du.excl
lengwij
language
na
now
wi
1pl
tok-ing
talk-prog2
la
loc
yu
2sg
dij-ey
prox-way
taka.
plant.food
It's OUR language that we're speaking to you [when giving you the word for] this edible plant.

Comment:
Variety: Spoken Victoria River, Older Generation. This example may be an example of a nominal cleft construction. The form the does not function as a definite article in Kriol but only occurs in equational clauses. The example also illustrates the use of thet~jet~det as a demonstrative pronoun unmarked for distance.
Type:
translation in elicitation of other language
Source:
Fieldwork Schultze-Berndt