Datapoint Cape Verdean Creole of Santiago/Occurrence of nominal plural markers

In basilectal registers, plural markers are only used if plurality is not obvious from the context (it is obvious in sentences like 'You have sharp eyes’ or in generic expressions).
If plural marking occurs in these registers, there is normally only one such marker in a noun phrase. The first word, where it is possible, takes the marker.
This can be a determiner or a preceding adjective.

Values

Variable plural marking of human or inanimate nouns

Example 30-48:
Ê pa ka dexa kes káru bedju ánda más, pamô ses fumu sa ta pului ár kada bes más.
ê
be
pa=ka=dexa
for=not=allow
kes=káru
dem.pl=car
bedju
old
ánda
go
más,
more
pamô
because
ses=fumu
their=smoke
sa=ta=pului
prog=ipfv=pollute
ár
air
kada
each
bes
time
más.
more
These old cars shouldn’t be allowed to run any longer because their exhaust fumes are increasingly polluting the air.
German: Man sollte diese alten Autos nicht mehr fahren lassen, weil ihr Auspuffgas die Luft zunehmend verschmutzt.

Source: Lang 2002: s.v. ánda

Example 30-49:
Amigus di Lusiu purgunta-l si e kreba entrába na djogu, más [...].
Amigu-s
friend-pl
di=Lusiu
of=Lusiu
purgunta=l
ask=3sg
si=e=kre-ba
if=3sg=want-ant
entrá-ba
enter-ant
na=djogu,
into=game
más
but
[...].
[...]
Lusiu’s friends asked him if he wanted to join the game, but [...].
German: Lusius Freunde fragten ihn, ob er mitspielen wolle, aber [...].

Source: Lang 2002: s.v. djogu

Example 30-50:
Nos povu tenba ki vense, nos téra tenba ki liberta, nos ómi ku mudjer tenba ki vive na liberdádi, na pás y na pugrésu.
Nos=povu
1pl.poss=people
ten-ba
have-ant
ki=vense,
to=win
nos=téra
1pl.poss=country
ten-ba
have-ant
ki=liberta,
to=free
nos=ómi
1pl.poss=man
ku=mudjer
with=woman
ten-ba
have-ant
ki=vive
to=live
na=liberdádi,
in=freedom
na=pás
in=peace
y
and
na=pugrésu.
in=progress
Our people had to win, our country had to liberate itself, our men and women had to live in liberty, peace and progress.
German: Unser Volk musste siegen, unser Land musste sich befreien, unsere Männer und Frauen mussten in Freiheit, Frieden und Fortschritt leben.

Source: Veiga 1987: 89

Confidence:
Very certain