Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Generic noun phrases in subject function

Values

Bare singular noun phrase in languages with definite article Frequency: 43.8%

Example 28-45:
jɛrma doko gaugau
jɛrma
woman
doko
paddle
gau-gau
quick-quick
Women paddle with short, quick strokes.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 445

Confidence:
Very certain

Plural noun phrase with definite article Frequency: 18.8%

Example 28-63:
di bokapu bin bangi di doto kɛnɛ
di
the
boko-apu
Amerindian.person-pl
bin
pst
bangi
afraid
di
the
doto
dead
kɛnɛ
person
Amerindians used to be scared of the dead.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 445

Confidence:
Very certain

Bare plural noun phrase in languages with definite article Frequency: 18.8%

Example 28-47:
langi titi kɛnapu wa sɛtɛ kɛkɛ dalki titi kɛnapu ka
langi
long
titi
time
kɛnɛ-apu
person-pl
wa
pst
sɛtɛ
stay
kɛkɛ
like
dalki
now
titi
time
kɛnɛ-apu
person-pl
ka
neg
People of long ago didn't live like people of nowadays.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 445

Confidence:
Very certain

Singular noun phrase with definite article Frequency: 18.8%

Example 28-62:
di jɛrma doko gaugau
di
the
jɛrma
woman
doko
paddle
gau-gau
quick-quick
Women paddle with short, quick strokes.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 445

Confidence:
Very certain