Example 41-5

fuula da rɔɔza, fɔɔya teem veerdi
fuula
flower
da
of
rɔɔza,
rose
fɔɔya
leaf
teem
prs.be
veerdi
green
Flower of the rose, leaf is green.

Comment:
The da-construction has likely never been part of the colloquial language. The consultant's original transcription is fɔɔya da veerdi, but teem is clear on the recording. Possibly the consultant's version of the song was different from the singer's.
Type:
written (poetic)
Source:
Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 2112