Datapoint Bislama/Indefinite pronouns

Values

Generic-noun-based indefinites Frequency: 50.0%

Example 23-47:
Taem wan man hemi mekem wan komplen long ambudjman [...].
Taem
time
wan
indf
man
man
hemi
3sg.agr
mekem
make
wan
indf
komplen
complaint
long
to
ambudjman
ombudsman
[...].
[...]
When someone makes a complaint to the Ombudsman [...].
Confidence:
Very certain

Old generic-noun-based indefinites continuing somebody/something Frequency: 50.0%

Example 23-46:
hem i wan samting we sapos yu go tru long hol ia bambae yu yu wan laki man
hem
3s
i
agr
wan
indf
samting
something
we
rel
sapos
if
yu
2sg
go
go
tru
through
long
loc
hol
hole
ia
def
bambae
irr
yu
2sg
yu
2sg
wan
indf
laki
lucky
man
man
It was something that if you can go through the hole, you'll have lots of luck.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Confidence:
Very certain