Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Reciprocal constructions

The reciprocal is usually expressed by use of mati. Since this is also the Creolese form, it is likely to have been borrowed from this source. The form makandri (Dutch-derived), although easily elicited, is rarely used.

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Special reciprocal construction based on 'companion'

Example 28-145:
en bɛtɛ mati fu mja mati skriki
eni
3pl
bɛt-tɛ
bet-pfv
mati
recp
fu
for
mja
make
mati
recp
skriki
frighten
They made a bet with each other to frighten each other.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 184

Example 28-143:
o goi-tɛ ʃi sel mingi ben tobːoːː
o
3sg
gui-tɛ
throw-pfv
ʃi
3sg.poss
selfu
self
mingi
water
ben
inside
tobːoːː
splash
It threw itself "splash!" into the water.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 182

Confidence:
Certain