Value Dual form in all three persons

Language:
Bislama
Parameter:
Dual in independent personal pronouns

Examples

  1. yutufala i promes blong go mit long wan ples we oli no save Denis
    yutufala
    2du
    i
    agr
    promes
    promise
    blong
    comp
    go
    go
    mit
    meet
    long
    loc
    wan
    indf
    ples
    place
    we
    rel
    oli
    agr
    no
    neg
    save
    know
    Denis
    Denis
    You arranged to meet up somewhere where no-one knows Dennis.

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

  2. hem i se "e, yutufala i stanap gud"
    hem
    3sg
    i
    agr
    se
    say
    "e,
    hey
    yutufala
    2du
    i
    agr
    stanap
    stand.up
    gud"
    good
    She said "Hey, you guys, stand up straight".

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

  3. mi talem se bae mitufala i danis
    mi
    1sg
    talem
    tell
    se
    comp
    bae
    irr
    mitufala
    1du
    i
    agr
    danis
    dance
    I said we should dance.

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

  4. i se "No, bae mifala i mas mekem"
    i
    agr
    se
    say
    "No,
    neg
    bae
    irr
    mifala
    1pl
    i
    agr
    mas
    must
    mekem"
    make
    [He] said "No, we have to do this".

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

  5. be yufala i pem hem from wanem?
    be
    but
    yufala
    2pl
    i
    agr
    pem
    pay
    hem
    3sg
    from
    caus
    wanem?
    what
    But why are you paying (a fine) for her?

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

  6. ale tufala i stap wok long Santo ia
    ale
    so
    tufala
    3du
    i
    agr
    stap
    prog
    wok
    work
    long
    loc
    Santo
    Santo
    ia
    def
    So the two of them were working in Santo.
    So the two of them are working in Santo.

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings