Datapoint Bislama/Directional serial verb constructions with 'come' and 'go'

For substrate parallels, see also Early (2000).

Values

‘Come’ and ‘go’ directionals exist

Example 23-135:
Lili i putum top blong rop long han blong hem, hem i pusum i go
Lili
Lili
i
agr
putum
put
top
top
blong
poss
rop
vine
long
in
han
hand
blong
poss
hem,
3sg
hem
3sg
i
agr
pusum
push
i
agr
go
go
Lili put the top of the vine in her hand and pushed it forward.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-136:
afta oli sakem mi i go long solwota
afta
after
oli
agr
sakem
chuck
mi
1sg
i
agr
go
go
long
in
solwota
salt.water
Then they chucked me in the ocean.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-137:
Gavman i mas putum iko long palimen.
Gavman
government
i
agr
mas
must
putum
put
iko
agr.go
long
to
palimen.
parliament
The government must put (the law) to parliament.
Confidence:
Very certain