Datapoint Tok Pisin/Order of possessor and possessum

Values

Possessum-possessor

Example 22-8:
Em dispela meri bilong dispela man ia, em i bin dai ia.
Em
foc
dispela
this
meri
woman
bilong
poss
dispela
this
man
man
ia,
foc
em
3sg
i
pm
bin
pst
dai
die
ia.
foc
It was this man’s wife who died.

Source: Smith 2002: 166

Example 22-6:
Ol i katim baksait bilong papa bilong mi long naif.
Ol
3pl
i
pm
katim
cut
baksait
back
bilong
poss
papa
father
bilong
poss
mi
1sg
long
ins
naif.
knife
They cut my father’s back with a knife.

Source: GUTP Corpus

Example 22-5:
Em haus bilong husat?
Em
3sg
haus
house
bilong
poss
husat?
who
Whose house is that?

Source: Dutton &Thomas 1985: 38

Example 22-9:
Em laik klinim gaden bilongen tasol em katim han bilongen.
Em
3sg
laik
want
klin-im
clean-tr
gaden
garden
bilong-en
poss-3sg
tasol
but
em
3sg
katim
cut
han
hand/arm
bilong-en.
poss-3sg
He wanted to clean his garden but he cut his hand/arm.

Source: GUTP Corpus: Manus F13

Example 22-7:
Yu salim wanpela long hamas?
Yu
2sg
salim
sell
wan-pela
one-mod
long
prep
hamas?
how.much
How much do you sell one for?

Source: Dutton &Thomas 1985: 31

Confidence:
Very certain