Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Marking of pronominal possessors

In addition to the major construction with preposed possessive pronoun, a kind of dislocated possessive construction exists, of the form "POSSESSOR ʃi POSSESSED". This pattern is available only where the possessor is a 3rd person referent, either a 3rd person pronoun or a noun phrase. This could possibly be a contrastive strategy, but a systematic search of occurrences is needed to ascertain this.

Values

Preceding word

Example 28-70:
ɛkɛ; ju; ori; ʃi; enʃi/iʃi; jɛndɛ; eni/ini wari
ɛkɛ;
1sg
ju;
2sg
ori;
3sg
ʃi;
3sg.poss
enʃi/iʃi;
1pl
jɛndɛ;
2pl
eni/ini
3pl
wari
house
my; your; his, her, its; our; your(PL); their house

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 169

Example 28-71:
ori mamɛtɛ ʃi papa
ori
3sg
mama
mother
mɛtɛ
with
ʃi
3sg.poss
papa
father
her mother and her father

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 160

Example 28-72:
ori ʃi awawap da mosli kurkur, kurkur kɛnap
ori
3sg
ʃi
3sg.poss
awawa-apu
grandfather-pl
da
cop
mosli
mostly
kurkuru,
black
kurkuru
black
kɛnɛ-apu
person-pl
Her grandparents were mostly black, black people.

Source: Kouwenberg 1992: 160

Example 28-73:
ori ʃi bwa naŋnaŋwan ɛkɛ arum bwa kibakiba
ori
3sg
ʃi
3sg.poss
bwa
leg
nangwa-nangwa
long-long
an
and
ɛkɛ
1sg
arum
poor
bwa
leg
kiba-kiba
short-short
His legs are long and my poor legs are short.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 161

Confidence:
Very certain