Datapoint Kriol/Complements of 'think' and 'want'

Complement clauses of reken in the sense of 'think' (or as a speech verb) and of wantim 'want (something)' do not take a complementizer. The latter are rare and possibly acrolectal; more usually, a manipulative verb like telim 'tell someone (to do something)' would be used which usually takes a quotation as a complement or (possibly acrolectally) a verb introduced by the complementizer tu.

Values

No complementizer

Example 25-322:
Hi don wantim olabat habem, pirdi deinjes.
Hi
3sg
don
neg
want-im
want-tr
olabat
3pl
hab-em,
have-tr
pirdi
pretty
deinjes.
dangerous
He doesn't want them (the children) to have them, [they are] pretty dangerous. (Talking about sling shots.)
Example 25-263:
Thei reken i gota ngalanymuwa, bifo thei bin oldei getim.
Thei
3pl
reken
think/say
i
3sg
gota
have
ngalanymuwa,
echidna
bifo
previously
thei
3pl
bin
pst
oldei
always/hab
get-im.
get-tr
[At that place] they think there are echidnas, in the old days they used to catch them.
Example 25-285:
Mibala bin reken dis matha bin sikwan.
Mibala
1pl
bin
pst
reken
think/say
dis
prox
matha
mother
bin
pst
sik-wan.
sick-adj
We figured this mother (bird) was sick.

Source: Sandefur & Sandefur 1982: 67

Example 25-164:
Wal jad lilboi imin reken frog bin likimbat feis en pulumbat heya.
Wal
well
jad
dem
lilboi
little.boy
im=in
3sg=pst
reken
think/say
frog
frog
bin
pst
lik-im-bat
lick-tr-prog
feis
face
en
and
pul-um-bat
pull-tr-prog
heya.
hair
Well that little boy said/thought that the frog licked his face and pulled his hair.

Source: Galmurr & Willika 1996

Example 25-143:
Wanbala olmen bin ran garrimap thad boks. Imin rekin im thad bigwan-bigwan peket.
Wan-bala
one-adj2
olmen
man
bin
pst
ran
run
garrimap
pick:up
thad
dem
boks.
box
Im=in
3sg=pst
rekin
think/say
im
3sg
thad
dem
bigwan-bigwan
red.big:adj
peket.
packet
One old man ran and picked up that box. He reckoned it was those big packets.

Source: Angelo et al. 1998a

Confidence:
Intermediate