Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Directional serial verb constructions with 'come' and 'go'

The directional verbs mu 'go' and kumu 'come' may appear as second verb in a serial verb construction where the earlier verb denotes motion. It should be noted that mu 'go' is by far the commoner occurrence, and that it is not always clear that it really denotes direction away from the speaker.

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‘Come’ and ‘go’ directionals exist

Example 28-137:
alma kɛnɛ ʃimatɛ fan danga mutɛ oflar
alma
all
kɛnɛ
person
ʃima-tɛ
move-pfv
fan
from
danga
there
mu-tɛ
go-pfv
oflaru
everywhere
Everybody moved away from there to all sorts of places.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 412

Example 28-138:
afti skiftɛ kumtɛ diskandi [...]
afta
after
iʃi
1pl
skifu-tɛ
move-prf
kumu-tɛ
come-prf
diʃi-kandi
this-side
[...]
[...]
After we moved to this place [...]

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 412

Confidence:
Very certain