Value Postpositions

Language:
Sri Lanka Portuguese
Parameter:
Order of adposition and noun phrase

Examples

  1. aka viida etus vɛrgɔɔɲantu naa papiyaa
    aka
    that
    viida
    because
    etus
    3pl.hon
    vɛrgɔɔɲa-ntu
    shyness-loc
    naa
    neg.fut
    papiyaa
    speak
    Therefore, in shyness they won’t talk. OR: Therefore, they are too shy to talk.

    See Smith 1977: 150

  2. isti lav levaa maan riiva padaa keenntu teem fɔɔrsa?
    isti
    this
    lav
    immediately
    levaa
    take.away
    maam
    hand
    riiva
    on
    pa-daa
    inf-give
    keem-ntu
    who-loc
    teem
    prs.be
    fɔɔrsa?
    strength
    To take and give in [his] hand immediately [i.e. all at once], who has the ability [for that]? OR: Who has the ability to pay the whole purchase price at once?

    See Smith 1974-5: 5309

  3. poɖiyaas sudu akantu mee yanasa, aka kaazantu
    poɖiyaas
    children
    sudu
    all
    aka-ntu
    that-loc
    mee
    foc
    jaa-nasa,
    pst-be.born
    aka
    that
    kaaza-ntu
    house-loc
    The children were all born there, in that house.

    See Smith 1974-5: 5105

  4. maal poɖiyaas juuntu boom poɖiyaas jafoy see taam, maal poɖiyaas falaa mee nɔɔmi
    maal
    bad
    poɖiyaas
    child
    juuntu
    with
    boom
    good
    poɖiyaas
    child
    jaa-foy
    pst-go
    see
    cond
    taam
    conc
    maal
    bad
    poɖiyaas
    child
    falaa
    quot
    mee
    foc
    nɔɔmi
    name
    If good children go with bad children, even though [they may be good children], they only get a bad name [i.e. their name is "bad children"].

    See Smith 1974-5: 5281

  5. isti ingrees miziiɲa dika isti fɛɛvrispa malvaarsu miziiɲa mee boom falaatu takombersaa
    isti
    this
    [ingrees
    [English
    miziiɲa
    medicine
    dika
    than
    isti
    this
    fɛɛvri-s-pa
    fever-pl-dat
    malvaar-su
    Tamil-gen
    miziiɲa
    medicine
    mee
    foc
    boom
    good
    falaa-tu]
    quot-pfv]
    ta-kombersaa
    prs-talk
    They say that for fevers, Tamil medicine (Ayurvedic medicine) is better than English (Western) medicine.

    See Smith 1974-5: 5345