Datapoint Bislama/Savvy

Save is both a lexical verb ‘to know’ and also an auxiliary verb marking ability or habitual.
The first attested use of save with the meaning 'know' is 1872; the first attested use of it as a verbal auxiliary (ability) is in 1859 [published in 1873].

Values

A savvy word exists

Example 23-24:
hem i no save se woman blong hem i bon finis
hem
3sg
i
agr
no
neg
save
know
se
comp
woman
woman
blong
poss
hem
3sg
i
agr
bon
burn
finis
compl
He didn't know that his wife had (by that time) already been burnt.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-169:
tanna man no save work [...] he too much lazy
tanna
Tanna
man
man
no
neg
save
can
work
work
[...]
[...]
he
3sg
too
too
much
much
lazy
lazy
Tanna men can't work [...] they're too lazy.

Source: McFarlane 1873: 106

Example 23-170:
all black man savey, no kidnapping now
all
all
black
black
man
man
savey,
know
no
neg
kidnapping
kidnapping
now
now
Melanesians know that there's no kidnapping now.

Source: Moresby 1876: 96

Confidence:
Very certain