Value Generic-noun-based indefinites

Language:
Early Sranan
Parameter:
Indefinite pronouns
References
Bruyn 1995a: 152ff; van den Berg 2007: 56ff

Examples

  1. Effi mi ben lukku wan somma, mi goweh, mi takki: Kroboi!
    Efi
    if
    mi
    1sg
    ben
    pst
    luku
    visit
    wan
    indf.sg
    soma,
    person
    mi
    1sg
    gwe,
    go.away
    mi
    1sg
    taki:
    say
    kroboi!
    goodbye
    When I visit somebody, and I go away, I say: Goodbye!

    See Schumann 1783: 91

  2. (wan) soma; (wan)sani
    (wan)
    (indf.sg)
    soma;
    person
    (wan)sani
    (indf.sg)thing
    someone; something

    See Schumann 1783: 160, 239, 240

  3. Da no sanie foe takie tangie.
    Da
    it.be
    no
    neg
    sani
    (some)thing
    fu
    for
    taki
    say
    tangi.
    thanks
    It isn’t something to say thanks for.
    Dutch: Het is geen dankens waard. [op.cit.]

    See Weygandt 1798: 102

  4. Somma gi ju wansanni, ju musse takki tangi.
    Soma
    someone/person
    gi
    give
    yu
    2sg
    wansani,
    indf.sg.thing
    yu
    2sg
    musu
    must
    taki
    say
    tangi.
    thanks
    When someone gives you something, you have to say thanks.
    German: Wenn dir jemand was gibt, so must du danken. [op.cit.]

    See Schumann 1783: 160