Datapoint Bislama/Uses of the progressive marker

Note that the habitual is also expressed with save, see Feature 48 "Uses of the habitual marker".

Values

Progressive, habitual, and current state

Example 23-58:
mifala i stap talem wan gel ia hem i bin bon long faea
mifala
1pl.excl
i
agr
stap
prog
talem
tell
wan
indf
gel
girl
ia
def
hem
3sg
i
agr
bin
ant
bon
burn
long
loc
faea
fire
We're talking about this girl who was burnt in a fire.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-81:
[...] from i stap kakae hem tumas
[...]
[...]
from
because
i
agr
stap
prog
kakae
eat
hem
3sg
tumas
very
[...] because it itches her terribly.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-82:
hem i stap kasem fits
hem
3sg
i
agr
stap
hab
kasem
catch
fits
fits
She gets (epileptic) fits.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-83:
mi stap hetem hem bifo finis
mi
1sg
stap
prog/hab
hetem
hate
hem
3sg
bifo
before
finis
compl
I hated her already from before.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Confidence:
Certain