Value Ability verb cannot express epistemic possibility

Language:
Bislama
Parameter:
Ability verb and epistemic possibility
References
Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Examples

  1. yu no save shopping blong ol man wetem blong yu
    yu
    2sg
    no
    neg
    save
    can
    shopping
    shopping
    blong
    poss
    ol
    pl
    man
    man
    wetem
    with
    blong
    poss
    yu
    2sg
    You can't do everyone else's shopping and yours.

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

  2. mebi woman blong hem i holem faev tausen
    mebi
    perhaps
    woman
    woman
    blong
    poss
    hem
    3sg
    i
    agr
    holem
    hold
    faev
    five
    tausen
    thousand
    His girlfriend took something like five thousand (vatu = money).

    See Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings