Datapoint Cape Verdean Creole of Brava/Ability verb and epistemic possibility

Values

Ability verb also expresses epistemic possibility

Example 31-105:

N pode leba un anu o dos anu konformi N tene dinheru.
N
I
pode
can
leba
take
un
one
anu
year
o
or
dos
two
anu
year
konformi
depending
N
I
tene
have
dinheru.
money
I can take one year or two depending on whether I have money.

Source: Argi Avera field work corpus 2000

Example 31-106:

Pode ser ma Pedro sta duenti, el ka txiga inda.
Pode
can
ser
be
ma
that
Pedro
Pedro
sta
is
duenti,
sick
el
he
ka
neg
txiga
arrive
inda.
yet
It is possible that Pedro is sick, he has not arrived yet.

Example 31-201:

Uji, el ka ben ma el pode ben manhan.
Uji,
today
el
3sg
ka
neg
ben
come
ma
but
el
3sg
pode
can
ben
come
manhan.
tomorrow
He did not come today, but he is likely to come tomorrow.

Confidence:
Very certain