Datapoint Nicaraguan Creole English/Indefinite articles

The indefinite article wan, which is homophonous with the numeral ‘one’, has lost more ground to the English-derived indefinite article a than in San Andres Creole English. As in San Andres Creole English, a is invariant before vowels.

Values

Indefinite article distinct from numeral ‘one’

Example 11-68:
Aktuali, Tasba hav a kompliit praimari skuul.
Aktuali,
actually
Tasba
Tasbapauni
hav
have
a
art.indf
kompliit
complete
praimari
primary
skuul.
school
At present, there is a complete primary school in Tasbapauni.

Source: Nicaragua project recordings CD

Example 11-69:
Deh put op wan lang puol.
Deh
3pl
put
put
op
up
wan
art.indf
lang
long
puol.
pole
They put up a tall pole.

Source: Nicaragua project recordings CD

Example 11-70:
Wi hav wan turno onli in di maaning.
Wi
1pl
hav
have
wan
one
turno
turn
onli
only
in
in
di
art.def
maaning.
morning
We have just one shift in the morning.

Source: Nicaragua project recordings CD

Confidence:
Very certain