Value Bare singular noun phrase in languages with definite article

Language:
Haitian Creole
Parameter:
Generic noun phrases in subject function
References
Fattier 1998: 887; Joseph 1988: 164

Examples

  1. Piti piti zwazo fè nich li.
    Piti
    little
    piti
    little
    zwazo
    bird
    make
    nich
    nest
    li.
    3sg.poss
    Little by little, the bird builds its nest.
    French: Petit à petit l'oiseau fait son nid.

    See Fattier 1998: 69

  2. Ameriken bwè koka-kola, franse bwè diven, alman bwè byè, ayisyen bwè dlo.
    Ameriken
    American
    bwè
    drink
    koka-kola,
    coca-cola
    franse
    French
    bwè
    drink
    diven,
    wine
    alman
    German
    bwè
    drink
    byè,
    beer
    ayisyen
    Haitian
    bwè
    drink
    dlo.
    water
    Americans drink coke, Frenchmen drink wine, Gemans drink beer, Haitians drink water.
    French: Les Américains boivent du coca-cola, les Français du vin, les Allemands de la bière, les Haïtiens de l'eau.

    See Dejean 1982: 36

  3. Chat manje sourit.
    Chat
    cat
    manje
    eat
    sourit.
    mouse
    Cats eat mice.
    French: Les chats mangent les souris.

    See Dejean 1982: 8

  4. Rat manje kann, e zandolit mouri inosan.
    Rat
    rat
    manje
    eat
    kann,
    cane
    e
    and
    zandolit
    lizard
    mouri
    die
    inosan.
    innocent
    The rat ate sugar cane and the innocent lizard died from it.
    French: Le rat a mangé de la canne à sucre et c'est le lézard innocent qui en meurt.

    See Hilaire 1988: 35

  5. Chen anraje mòde menm mèt li.
    Chen
    dog
    anraje
    rabid
    mòde
    bite
    menm
    even
    mèt
    master
    li.
    3sg.poss
    The rabid dog bites even its owner.
    French: Le chien enragé mord même son maître.

    See Hilaire 1988: 35

  6. Dlo manyòk pa lèt.
    Dlo
    water
    manyòk
    manioc
    pa
    neg
    lèt.
    milk
    Manioc milk is not milk.
    French: Le lait de manioc n'est pas du lait.

    See Hilaire 1988: 35