Example 42-5

isti, nu gitá kabesa di prau
isti,
this
nu
1pl
gitá
call
kabesa
head
di
of
prau
boat
This, we call the head of the boat.

Comment:
This construction, of Portuguese origin, overlaps with the sa genitive of Feature 38 "Marking of possessor noun phrases" in the case of 'part-whole' and 'origin' relationships. It is also used exclusively in 'spatial' and 'piece-of' relationships. However, is is rarely used in relationships involving 'ownership' or 'kinship'.
Type:
elicited from speaker
Source:
Baxter 1988: 93-99