Value Variable plural marking of human or inanimate nouns

Language:
Early Sranan
Parameter:
Occurrence of nominal plural markers
References
Bruyn 1995a: 98ff; Bruyn 2007

Examples

  1. Kaba killiman miti hem na pasi, dem pulu sanni va hem, [...].
    Kaba
    and
    kiriman
    murderer
    miti
    meet
    en
    3sg
    na
    loc
    pasi,
    road
    den
    3pl
    puru
    remove
    sani
    thing
    fu
    of
    en,
    3sg
    [...].
    [...]
    And murderers came upon him on the road, they removed his things, [...].

    See Schumann 1781: 164

  2. Dem sa moesoe sorie alle dem condre na bacara.
    Den
    3pl
    sa
    fut
    musu
    must
    sori
    show
    ala
    all
    den
    det.pl
    kondre
    village
    na
    to
    bakra.
    white
    They will have to show all their villages to the Europeans.

    See SPT 1762

  3. Kaba dem fotto Ningre no jeri hem kwetikweti, na dem oure English plantasi dem habi hem.
    Kaba
    and
    den
    det.pl
    foto
    fort
    Nengre
    black
    no
    neg
    yere
    hear
    en
    3sg
    kwetikweti,
    really
    na
    loc
    den
    det.pl
    owru
    old
    Ingris
    English
    pranasi
    plantation
    den
    3pl
    habi
    have
    en.
    3sg
    And the town blacks don't really know it, (but) on the old English plantations they say it.

    See Schumann 1783: 21