Datapoint Hawai‘i Creole/Ability verb and epistemic possibility

Values

Ability verb cannot express epistemic possibility

Example 26-65:
Speaker_A: ʃi was gudlukin – Speaker_B: jɛ æn ʃi kæn siŋ
Speaker_A:
Speaker_a:
ʃi
3sg
was
was
gudlukin
good.looking
Speaker_B:
Speaker_B:
yeah
æn
and
ʃi
3sg
kæn
abil
siŋ
sing
Speaker A: She was good-looking. – Speaker B: Yeah, and she could sing.

Source: Velupillai 2003a: 47

Example 26-66:
don swɛɹ in dɛɹ [...] bikaz samtin maɪd hæpɛn
don
don't
swɛɹ
swear
in
in
dɛɹ
there
[...]
[...]
bikaz
because
samtin
indf
maɪd
judg
hæpɛn
happen
Don't swear there [...] because something might happen.

Source: Velupillai 2003a: 129

Example 26-67:
ju don waʃ jo hɛa kaz id maid fal af
ju
2sg
don
don't
waʃ
wash
jo
2sg.poss
hɛa
hair
kaz
cause
id
3sg
maid
specul.judg
fal
fall
af
off
You don't wash your hair because it might fall off.

Source: Velupillai 2003a: 128

Confidence:
Very certain