Datapoint Bahamian Creole/Indefinite articles

Both a and one are commonly used as indefinite articles, with one probably considered the more basilectal variant.

Values

Indefinite article distinct from numeral ‘one’

Example 12-58:
And two people get kill. The police kill one, and one other fellow kill the other one.
[...]
[...]
and
and
one
indf
other
other
fellow
fellow
kill
kill[pfv]
the
def
other
other
one.
one
[...] and another guy killed the other one.
Example 12-59:
Yeah, I know - one time I been - we been in Conch Sound. One yacht come in - come in there - bring some people, and they come 'shore. And - and it catch fire, and they did had this jum- jumping dance, you know?
One
indf
yacht
yacht
come
come[pfv]
in
in
[...].
[...]
A yacht came in [...].
Example 12-60:
[...] if I is on a hill, and you live below me, in the most cases, you still living on a hill.
[...]
[...]
if
if
I
I
is
1sg.cop
on
on
a
indf
hill,
hill
and
and
you
you
live
live
below
below
me
me
[...]
[...]
you
you
still
still
liv-ing
live-prog
on
on
a
indf
hill.
hill
[...] if I live on a hill [...] you [might] still live on a hill.
Example 12-5:
I is a good singer.
I
1sg.sbj
is
cop
a
indf
good
adj
singer.
singer[sg]
I am a good singer.
Confidence:
Intermediate