Datapoint Early Sranan/Expression of pronominal subjects

The subject can be a dependent pronoun which may be clitic-like: a=no [3SG.SBJ=NEG] (cf. Feature 17 "Special dependent personal pronouns").
Nominal predication can be expressed by clause-introducing da [it.be] which combines pronominal and copular function.

Values

Obligatory pronoun words

Example 1-147:
Mi sabi bun, une de pikin va Abraham.
Mi
1sg
sabi
know
bun,
well
unu
2pl
de
cop
pikin
child
fu
of
Abraham.
Abraham
I know well that you are children of Abraham.

Source: Schumann 1781: 138

Example 1-148:
Wan libisomma membre, takki, hem kann helpi hem srefi, a kori hem srefi.
Wan
indf.sg
libisma
living.person
memre,
think
taki,
say/that
en
3sg
kan
can
hèlpi
help
en
3sg
srefi,
self
a
3sg.sbj
kori
fool
en
3sg
srefi.
self
Anybody who thinks that he can help himself, (he) is fooling himself.

Source: Schumann 1783: 65

Example 1-47:
A takki, hem no komm.
A
3sg.sbj
taki,
say
en
3sg
no
neg
kon.
come
He says that he (himself) will not come.
Latin: Dicit, se non venturum. German: Er sagt (von sich selbst ), dass er nicht kommt. [op.cit.]

Source: Schumann 1783: 65

Example 1-48:
A takki, a no komm jette.
A
3sg.sbj
taki
say
a
3sg.sbj
no
neg
kon
come
ete.
yet
He says that he (someone else) hasn't come yet.
Latin: Dicit, eum nondum venisse. German: Er sagt, dass er (ein anderer) noch nicht gekommen ist. [op.cit.]

Source: Schumann 1783: 65

Example 1-149:
Em da wan boen kompee foe mie.
En
3sg
da
cop
wan
indf.sg
bun
good
kompe
friend
fu
of
mi.
1sg
He is a good friend of mine.
Dutch: Hy is een goede kennisse van my [op.cit.]

Source: Weygandt 1798: 87

Example 1-85:
Da wan bon zomma.
Da
it.be
wan
indf.sg
bun
good
soma.
person
He(/she/it) is a good person.
Dutch: Hy is een goed Man. [op.cit.]

Source: van Dyk ca. 1765: 31

Confidence:
Certain