Example 47-46

El a bin ku regalo(*nan) pa mi; El a bin ku regalonan mashá karu pa mi.
El
3sg
a
pfv
bini
come
ku
with
regalo
present
(*nan)
(pl)
pa
for
mi;
1sg
El
3sg
a
pfv
bini
come
ku
with
regalo
present
nan
pl
mashá
very
karu
expensive
pa
for
mi.
1sg
He came with presents for me; He came with very expensive presents for me.
Comment:
Kester & Schmitt (2007) argue that the first of these two examples shows that bare plurals in Papiamentu cannot have kind readings. The second example shows that a bare plural is acceptable where a specific reading can be obtained.
Type:
published source
Source:
Kester & Schmitt 2007: 116