Datapoint Bislama/Tightness of the link between the progressive marker and the verb

Because APiCS only allows us to choose one value for this, I have selected Value 2. Only go or kam can intervene between the progressive/habitual marker and the main verb. And this option is not very frequent. Generally, the link between stap and the main verb is very tight.

Values

Particle, nothing can intervene

Example 23-78:
wai nao i stap mekem hem i save kilim evri man?
wai
why
nao
now
i
agr
stap
prog
mekem
make
hem
3sg
i
agr
save
know
kilim
kill
evri
every
man?
man
So why do they always make him (have to) kill everybody?

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-79:
ale tufala i stap wok long Santo ia
ale
so
tufala
3du
i
agr
stap
prog
wok
work
long
loc
Santo
Santo
ia
def
So the two of them were working in Santo.
So the two of them are working in Santo.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-80:
Plante taim ol turis i stap kam askem ol kain information about ol aota aelan blong yumi.
Plante
plenty
taim
time
ol
pl
turis
tourist
i
agr
stap
hab
kam
come
askem
ask
ol
pl
kain
kind
information
information
about
about
ol
pl
aota
outer
aelan
island
blong
of
yumi.
1pl.incl
Tourists often come asking for all kinds of information about our outer islands.
Confidence:
Very certain