Value Ability verb also expresses epistemic possibility

Language:
Guadeloupean Creole
Parameter:
Ability verb and epistemic possibility

Examples

  1. An pé fè sa ba'w.
    An
    1sg
    can
    do
    sa
    it
    ba'w.
    for.2sg
    I can do it for you.
  2. An pé rivé a fè sa ba'w dèmen, mé sa pa sèten.
    An
    1sg
    can
    rivé
    arrive
    a
    prep
    do
    sa
    it
    ba'w
    for.2sg
    dèmen,
    tomorrow
    but
    sa
    it
    pa
    neg
    sèten.
    be.certain
    I will possibly do it for you tomorrow, but it is not certain.
  3. I pé vini dèmen, kon i pé pa vini osi.
    I
    3sg
    can
    vini
    come
    dèmen,
    tomorrow
    kon
    as
    i
    3sg
    can
    pa
    neg
    vini
    come
    osi.
    also
    He may come tomorrow, as well as he may not come.
  4. I pé ka manjé.
    I
    3sg
    can
    ka
    prog
    manjé.
    eat
    He may be eating.
  5. Sa pé.
    Sa
    this
    pé.
    may.be
    This may be.
    French: C'est possible, peut-être.

    See Ludwig et al. 2002: 253