Datapoint Kriol/Syllable onsets

Consonant clusters combining a plosive and a liquid, rhotic or glide are relatively frequent. The only other type of cluster attested in an onset are combinations of the alveolar fricative plus plosive /st/, /sk/, but they are frequently reduced to just the plosive. Three consonants in an onset are not attested.

Values

Onsets at most moderately complex

Example 25-340:
krokadail; trai; brij; brom
krokadail;
crocodile
trai;
try
brij;
bridge
brom
from
crocodile; try; bridge; from
Example 25-341:
blanga
blanga
dat/poss
for
Example 25-342:
stori/tori; streit/treit; stilimbat/tilimbat
stori/tori;
story
streit/treit;
straight
stil-im-bat/til-im-bat
steal-tr-prog/steal-tr-prog
story; straight; stealing

Source: Sandefur & Sandefur 1982: 61; 63

Example 25-343:
kwait
kwait
quiet
quiet
Example 25-344:
En beibi bin oldei bon treit.
En
and
beibi
baby
bin
pst
oldei
always
bon
born
treit.
straight
And babies used to be born straight. (i.e. with straight bones)
Example 25-6:
Orla kid bin tjakam ston.
Orla
pl
kid
child
bin
pst
tjak-am
chuck-tr
ston.
stone
The children threw stones.

Source: Hudson 1985: 37

Example 25-332:
E. ken tel yu thet stori tu.
E.
E.
ken
can
tel
tell
yu
2sg
thet
dem
stori
story
tu.
too
E. can tell you that story too! OR: E. too can tell you that story.
Example 25-321:
Ai wana go tharrei pleibat kad.
Ai
1sg
wana
want
go
go
tharr-ei
dist-dir
plei-bat
play-prog
kad.
card
I want to go over there to play cards.
Confidence:
Very certain