Datapoint Bislama/The prohibitive

Use of an overt subject in imperatives is variable. Example 95 Givim nandao ... could also be expressed with Yu givim nandao ..., cf. Example 96 Yu go swim. Hence Example 97 Yu no mekem rabis fasin is considered to involve normal imperative and normal negator (pre-verbal no, also illustrated here).

Values

Normal imperative construction and normal negator

Example 23-94:
mi mi no luk long hem
mi
1sg
mi
1sg
no
neg
luk
look
long
loc
hem
3sg
I didn't look at her.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-95:
givim nandao blong mifala i kakae
givim
give
nandao
nandao
blong
purp
mifala
1pl.excl
i
agr
kakae
eat
Give us some nandao to eat.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-96:
e, yu yu go swim
e,
hey
yu
2sg
yu
2sg
go
go
swim
bathe
Hey, go wash yourself!

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-97:
yu no mekem rabis fasin
yu
2sg
no
neg
mekem
make
rabis
rubbish
fasin
fashion
Don't have me on. OR: Don't behave badly.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Confidence:
Very certain