Value Bare singular noun phrase in languages with definite article

Language:
Early Sranan
Parameter:
Generic noun phrases in subject function
References
Bruyn 1995a; Bruyn 2007

Examples

  1. Sarki swali somma; a hali somma go na inni watra.
    Sarki
    shark
    swari
    swallow
    soma;
    person
    a
    3sg.sbj
    hari
    pull
    soma
    person
    go
    go
    na
    loc
    ini
    in(side)
    watra.
    water
    (A) shark(s) swallow(s) people; it pulls people into the water.

    See Schumann 1783: 83

  2. Sikiman no musse jam, ma a musse dringi pappa.
    Sikiman
    sick.nmlz
    no
    neg
    musu
    must
    nyan,
    eat
    ma
    but
    a
    3sg.sbj
    musu
    must
    dringi
    drink
    papa.
    porridge
    A sick person should not eat, but s/he should drink porridge.

    See Schumann 1783: 130

  3. Paramakka no fütti Bakkra belle, a tranga tumussi: Ningre kann jam hem.
    Paramaka
    paramaka
    no
    neg
    fiti
    be.fitting
    bakra
    white
    beri,
    stomach
    a
    3sg.sbj
    tranga
    be.strong
    tumusi:
    excessively
    Nengre
    black
    kan
    can
    nyan
    eat
    en.
    3sg
    Paramaka (fruit) is not good for European stomachs, it is too strong. Blacks can eat it.

    See Schumann 1783: 130