Datapoint Cape Verdean Creole of Santiago/Marking of possessor noun phrases

The order is always possessum-possessor. Simple juxtaposition is always possible, but the preposition di may also be used. The linking element -l may appear instead of the preposition di, but only if the first (possessum) noun phrase ends with a vowel and the second (possessor) noun phrase begins with a consonant. However, these phonotactic conditions do normally prevail. Note that -l may only appear instead of di in possessor noun phrases and after heavy prepositions (dentu-l kása 'in the house').

Values

Adpositional or case marking of possessor Frequency: 70.0%

Example 30-82:
libru di Maria
libru
book
di=Maria
of=Mary
Mary’s book
German: Marias Buch

Source: Lang 2012

Example 30-83:
libru-l Maria
libru=l
book=of
Maria
Mary
Mary’s book
German: Marias Buch

Source: Lang 2012

Confidence:
Very certain

No marking Frequency: 30.0%

Example 30-84:
libru Maria
libru
book
Maria
Mary
Mary's book
German: Marias Buch

Source: Lang 2012

Confidence:
Very certain