Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures Online
I fa no na bi té zuanxaf.
He told us he had nothing. OR: He/she told us he/she had not had anything.
The first translation is identical to the sentence I asked my informants to translate. The second translation is the real meaning of the Fa d'Ambô sentence.
elicited from speaker
Own fieldwork 1990
Present reference of stative verbs and past perfective reference of dynamic verbs: Stative verbs with present reference and dynamic verbs with past perfective reference are both unmarked