Datapoint Nicaraguan Creole English/Tense-aspect systems

Values

Mixed aspectual-temporal system

Example 11-139:
Di ada die wa monki mi di liv iina wa chrii.
Di
art.def
ada
other
die
day
wa
art.indf
monki
monkey
mi
pst
di
prog
liv
live
iina
in
wa
art.indf
chrii.
tree
The other day (=once upon a time), a monkey was living on a tree.
Example 11-140:
Ai don sii som piipl we gat moni hi doz get piipl fa work.
Ai
1sg
don
compl
sii
see
som
some
piipl
people
we
rel
gat
get
moni
money
hi
3sg.m
doz
hab
get
get
piipl
people
fa
for
work.
work
I have seen some people who have money getting people to work for them.

Source: Nicaragua project recordings CD

Example 11-141:
Deh neva did get di guol.
Deh
3pl
neva
neg.pst
did
pst
get
get
di
art.def
guol.
gold
They didn't get the gold.

Source: Nicaragua project recordings CD

Example 11-142:
Ah mi lukin fa yu.
Ah
1sg
mi
pst
luk-in
look-prog
fa
for
yu.
2sg
I was looking for you.
Example 11-143:
Di yonga wan jos kom an inheritin di bles.
Di
art.def
yonga
younger
wan
one
jos
just
kom
come
an
and
inherit-in
inherit-prog
di
art.def
bles.
blessing
The younger ones just come and they are inheriting the blessing.

Source: Nicaragua project recordings CD

Confidence:
Very certain