Datapoint Kriol/Gender distinctions in personal pronouns

Generally, no gender distinctions are made in any Kriol variety except as a strongly acrolectal feature (also illustrated in one example).

Values

No gender distinctions

Example 25-91:
Jed olgamen bin luk ebriweya bat im nomo bin faindim olabat.
Jed
dem
olgamen
woman
bin
pst
luk
look
ebriweya
everywhere
bat
but
im
3sg
nomo
neg
bin
pst
faind-im
find-tr
olabat.
3pl
The woman looked everywhere but couldn’t find them.

Source: Bennett 1986: 5

Example 25-90:
Gardiya pein, im nomo laikim blekbala pein.
Gardiya
white.person
pein,
paint
im
3sg
nomo
neg
laik-im
like-tr
blekbala
Aboriginal.person
pein.
paint
White people’s paint, she doesn’t like Aboriginal people’s paint. (Talking about decorating artefacts).
Example 25-92:
Nomo boiwan im gelwan.
Nomo
neg
boi-wan
male-adj
im
3sg
gel-wan.
female-adj
It is not the male, it is the female.
Example 25-93:
Hi got rul yet, mai matha.
Hi
3sg
got
have
rul
rule
yet,
yet/still
mai
1sg.poss
matha.
mother
She still keeps the traditions, my mother.
Example 25-94:
Wan wi bin kid mi en he.
Wan
temp
wi
1pl
bin
pst
kid
child
mi
1sg
en
and
he.
3sg.f
When we were children, me and her.
Confidence:
Very certain