Datapoint Kriol/Vocative markers

No vocative marker has been described for any of the Kriol varieties, but the data reveal the occasional use of a marker or interjection ei which precedes the noun.

Values

Optional vocative marker preceding noun

Example 25-292:
Ei imiyu, yu gadim eni mejik?
Ei
hey
imiyu,
Emu
yu
2sg
gad-im
have-tr
eni
any
mejik?
magic
Hey Emu, do you have any magic?

Source: Brennan 1993: 12

Example 25-249:
Ei, olmen, yu weit na! Yu gada gibit la melabat du sambala shuga. Melabat wandi shuga du.
Ei,
ey
olmen,
old.man
yu
2sg
weit
wait
na!
now
Yu
2sg
gada
fut/oblig
gib-it
give-tr
la
loc
melabat
1pl.excl
du
too
sam-bala
some-adj2
shuga.
sugar
Melabat
1pl.excl
wandi
want
shuga
sugar
du.
too
Hey, old man, wait now! You've got to give us some sugar too. We want sugar too.

Source: Angelo et al. 1998a

Confidence:
Intermediate