Datapoint Bislama/Internal order of tense, aspect, and mood markers

The marker for irrealis may be a verbal auxiliary or it may be best analyzed as an adverb (consider its position to the left of the subject in the example given). More research on its use in discourse is needed.

I can't find examples of IRR + ANT + PROG/HABIT in one clause. As Examples 76 and 77 show, IRR co-occurs with quasi-modals like go + main verb, and can co-occur with stap (PROG/HABIT). Bin (ANT) co-occurs with stap. Putting them together (e.g. in a counter-factual such as If he had been working there, he would have been paying you) is very awkward (maybe ungrammatical).

Values

The feature does not apply

Example 23-76:
bae mi mi go swim finis
bae
irr
mi
1sg
mi
1sg
go
go
swim
swim
finis
compl
Me, I'll go have my bath.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-77:
Sistem we gavman i bin stap wok long hem bifo kam kasem tede.
Sistem
system
we
rel
gavman
government
i
agr
bin
ant
stap
prog
wok
work
long
at
hem
3sg
bifo
before
kam
come
kasem
until
tede.
today
the system that the government had been using until today
Confidence:
Certain