Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Negation and tense, aspect, and mood marking

Perfective inflection is unacceptable in the scope of negation unless in the context of a confirmative question. Perfective is the only TAM marker which is restricted under negation.

Values

Reduced TAM marking in negated clauses

Example 28-91:
ɛkɛ ni hos eni nimtɛ dida ka
ɛkɛ
1sg
nimi
know
hoso
how
eni
3pl
nimi-tɛ
know-pfv
dida
that
ka
neg
I don't know how they know that.

Source: Kouwenberg 2000: 896

Example 28-92:
o pantɛk bi o kom ababaga
o
3sg
pama-tɛ
tell-pfv
ɛkɛ
1sg
bi
say
o
3sg
kumu
come
ababa
anymore
ka
neg
He told me that he isn't coming back anymore.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 97

Example 28-200:
tit ju nuno gau ka o das frot di mingi ben
titi
time
ju
2sg
nunu
pull
o
3sg
gau
quick
ka
neg
o
3sg
das
hab
froto
rot
di
def
mingi
water
ben
inside
If you don't pull it out quickly, it gets rotten in the water.
Confidence:
Very certain