Value Ability verb also expresses epistemic possibility

Language:
Haitian Creole
Parameter:
Ability verb and epistemic possibility
References
Valdman et al. 2007: 327

Examples

  1. Manman, ki lè m a kapab leve on gwo sak san liv sik?
    Manman,
    mum
    ki
    what
    time
    m
    1sg
    a
    fut
    kapab
    can
    leve
    lift.up
    on
    def
    gwo
    big
    sak
    sack
    san
    hundred
    liv
    pound
    sik?
    sugar
    Mum, when will I be able to lift a big sack of one hundred pounds of sugar?
    French: Maman, quand est-ce que je serai capable de soulever un gros sac de cent livres de sucre?

    See Dejean 1982: 34

  2. Ti Pòl mande manman l si l kapab met sik nan lèt li.
    Ti
    Little
    Pòl
    Paul
    mande
    ask
    manman
    mother
    l
    3sg
    si
    if
    l
    3sg
    kapab
    can
    met
    put
    sik
    sugar
    nan
    in
    lèt
    milk
    li.
    3sg
    Little Paul asks his mother whether he has the permission to put sugar in his milk.
    French: Petit Paul demande à sa mère s’il a l’autorisation de mettre du sucre dans son lait.

    See Dejean 1982: 34

  3. Iv kab pa di m sa.
    Iv
    Yves
    kab
    can
    pa
    neg
    di
    say
    m
    1sg
    sa.
    dem
    It is possible that Yves has not told me this.
    French: Il se peut qu'Yves ne m'ait pas dit ça.

    See Dejean 1982: 41

  4. Iv pa kab di m sa.
    Iv
    Yves
    pa
    neg
    kab
    can
    di
    say
    m
    1sg
    sa.
    dem
    Yves cannot tell me about it.
    French: Yves ne peut pas me le dire.

    See Dejean 1982: 41