Example 41-40

aki keensee teem voo, pafaya prenda, ravkiin?
aki
here
keem
who
see
cond
teem
be
voo,
indf
pa-faya
inf-caus
prenda,
study
ravkiin?
violin
Is there someone here to teach, violin? OR: Is there anyone here to teach, violin?
Comment:
Here the indefinite marker voo signals a softened yes-no question. Its normal position is clause final, but it may be followed by coda elements (which are not syntactically integrated into the clause) or heavy extraposed items. Question word + conditional particle is one of two standard ways of constructing an indefinite such as 'somebody/anybody'. (The other uses question word + voo, which usually has a more indefinite reading, such as 'somebody or other; whoever'.)
Type:
elicited from speaker
Source:
Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5545