Datapoint Bislama/Complements of 'think' and 'want'

The most common complementizer is se for both these verbs. ‘Think’ may occur with olsem ('like'). The distribution of se and olsem is discussed in Meyerhoff (2008).

Values

Identical complementizer

Example 23-156:
mi mi ting se tufala i giaman long mi nomo
mi
1sg
mi
1sg
ting
think
se
comp
tufala
3.DUAL
i
agr
giaman
lie
long
prep
mi
1sg
nomo
only
I (emphatic) thought that they were just lying to me

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-157:
plante taem hem i wantem se man i mas folem tingting blong hem
plante
plenty
taem
time
hem
3sg
i
agr
wantem
want
se
comp
man
man
i
agr
mas
must
folem
follow
ting~ting
think~think
blong
poss
hem
3sg
There are lots of times when she wants everyone to do what she thinks.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Confidence:
Very certain