Datapoint Cameroon Pidgin English/Reciprocal constructions

With some verbs, the pronoun is not required: According to my informant, 'The boys are hitting each other' is translated without a reflexive pronoun: Di boi dem di fait.

Values

Reciprocal construction identical to reflexive

Example 18-138:
Dem laik dem-sef.
Dem
3pl.sbj
laik
like
dem-sef.
3pl-refl
They like each other.

Source: Balbina Ebong, p.c.

Example 18-135:
Mary bin si im-sef fo glas.
Mary
Mary
bin
pst
si
see
im-sef
3sg.obj-refl
fo
for
glas.
mirror
Mary saw herself in the mirror.
Example 18-134:
Mary si im bodi fo lookin-glas.
Mary
Mary
si
see
im
3sg.poss
bodi
body
fo
for
lookin-glas.
mirror
Mary saw herself in the mirror.

Source: Balbina Ebong, p.c.

Confidence:
Intermediate