Datapoint Berbice Dutch/‘Take’ serial verb constructions

Values

Theme of the second verb, literal interpretation possible Frequency: 70.0%

Example 28-139:
deki ɛkɛ kujara bentɛ mɛtenjɛ
deki
take
ɛkɛ
1sg
kujara
canoe
bendi-tɛ
tie-pfv
mɛtɛ
with
eni-jɛ
3pl-nmlz
(They) tied my canoe up with theirs.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 397

Example 28-141:
o dekja di papa ma briŋ
o
3sg
deki-a
take-ipfv
di
the
papa
father
mu-a
go-ipfv
bringi
bring
He was taking his father home.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 400

Confidence:
Very certain

Theme of the second verb, literal interpretation impossible Frequency: 30.0%

Example 28-140:
di wɛtɛ kɛnap justu dek di kurkur kɛnap slev
di
the
wɛtɛ
white
kɛnɛ-apu
person-pl
justu
pst.hab
deki
take
di
the
kurkuru
black
kɛnɛ-apu
person-pl
mjɛ
make
slev
slave
The white people used to make slaves out of the black people.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 397

Confidence:
Very certain