Value Variable plural marking of human or inanimate nouns

Language:
Cape Verdean Creole of Santiago
Parameter:
Occurrence of nominal plural markers
References
Baptista 2002: 35-42 ; Lang 1991: 10-16

Examples

  1. Ê pa ka dexa kes káru bedju ánda más, pamô ses fumu sa ta pului ár kada bes más.
    ê
    be
    pa=ka=dexa
    for=not=allow
    kes=káru
    dem.pl=car
    bedju
    old
    ánda
    go
    más,
    more
    pamô
    because
    ses=fumu
    their=smoke
    sa=ta=pului
    prog=ipfv=pollute
    ár
    air
    kada
    each
    bes
    time
    más.
    more
    These old cars shouldn’t be allowed to run any longer because their exhaust fumes are increasingly polluting the air.
    German: Man sollte diese alten Autos nicht mehr fahren lassen, weil ihr Auspuffgas die Luft zunehmend verschmutzt.

    See Lang 2002: s.v. ánda

  2. Amigus di Lusiu purgunta-l si e kreba entrába na djogu, más [...].
    Amigu-s
    friend-pl
    di=Lusiu
    of=Lusiu
    purgunta=l
    ask=3sg
    si=e=kre-ba
    if=3sg=want-ant
    entrá-ba
    enter-ant
    na=djogu,
    into=game
    más
    but
    [...].
    [...]
    Lusiu’s friends asked him if he wanted to join the game, but [...].
    German: Lusius Freunde fragten ihn, ob er mitspielen wolle, aber [...].

    See Lang 2002: s.v. djogu

  3. Nos povu tenba ki vense, nos téra tenba ki liberta, nos ómi ku mudjer tenba ki vive na liberdádi, na pás y na pugrésu.
    Nos=povu
    1pl.poss=people
    ten-ba
    have-ant
    ki=vense,
    to=win
    nos=téra
    1pl.poss=country
    ten-ba
    have-ant
    ki=liberta,
    to=free
    nos=ómi
    1pl.poss=man
    ku=mudjer
    with=woman
    ten-ba
    have-ant
    ki=vive
    to=live
    na=liberdádi,
    in=freedom
    na=pás
    in=peace
    y
    and
    na=pugrésu.
    in=progress
    Our people had to win, our country had to liberate itself, our men and women had to live in liberty, peace and progress.
    German: Unser Volk musste siegen, unser Land musste sich befreien, unsere Männer und Frauen mussten in Freiheit, Frieden und Fortschritt leben.

    See Veiga 1987: 89