Datapoint Bislama/Tense-aspect systems

Values

Purely aspectual system

Example 23-86:
Gordon Moir i bin mekem 15 profesional faet finis.
Gordon
Gordon
Moir
Moir
i
agr
bin
ant
mekem
make
15
15
profesional
professional
faet
fight
finis.
compl
Gordon Moir has already competed in 15 professional fights.
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

Confidence:
Certain