Datapoint Sranan/Predicative adjectives

Use of the copula is restricted to a small class of adjectives, most of which are relatively recent borrowings from Dutch, such as enthoesiast ‘enthusiastic’, bezig ‘busy’, ernstig ‘serious’, vrij ‘free’, etc. (Winford 1997: 283)
The majority of predicate adjectives CANNOT occur with a copula.

See our comments on Features 8 "Order of degree word and adjective" and 42 "Comparative standard marking".

Values

Variable copula

Example 2-184:
A liba bradi.
A
det
liba
river
bradi.
broad
The river is wide.

Source: Winford 1997: 238

Example 2-185:
A pikin siki.
A
det
pikin
child
siki.
sick
The child is ill.

Source: Winford 1997: 238

Example 2-187:
A ma dati srefi de vol.
A
det
ma
mother
dati
dem
srefi
self
de
cop
vol.
pregnant
That mother (cow) herself is pregnant.

Source: Winford 1997: 283

Example 2-188:
A agu dati de moi kaba.
A
det
agu
hog
dati
dem
de
cop
moi
nice
kaba.
already
That pig is already nice and fat.

Source: Winford 1997: 283

Example 2-186:
A bun.
A
det
bun.
good
It's good/okay.
Example 2-41:
A de bun.
A
3sg
de
cop
bun.
good
He/She/It is good/well.

Source: Winford 1997: 282

Confidence:
Very certain