Example 41-17

malvaar avara istintu taan tesirvii doos pesaam
malvaar
Tamil
agɔɔra
now
isti-ntu
this-loc
taam
also
te-sirvii
prs-work
doos
two
pesaam
person
Two Tamils are also working here now. OR: Two Tamils are even working here now.

Comment:
Malvaar is not pluralized. Malvaar is the new information in this sentence. The speaker implies that he would rather employ Burghers than Tamils. Doos pesaam occurs in a de-emphasized coda.
Type:
naturalistic spoken
Source:
Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 1372