Datapoint Cape Verdean Creole of Brava/The prohibitive

In regular negative sentences, the Negator appears between the pronominal (in this case Mi'N 'I') and the verb. With negative imperatives, there is no special negator but there is a special construction in the sense that the negator must precede the subject instead of following it as in normal declarative sentences.

Values

Special imperative construction and normal negator

Example 31-107:
Mi'N ka kria ku nha mai.
Mi'N
I
ka
neg
kria
raise
ku
with
nha
my
mai.
mother
I didn't grow up with my mother.

Source: Lolota Brava, p.c. (2000)

Example 31-109:
Ka bu kria karneru.
Ka
neg
bu
you
kria
raise
karneru.
goat
Don't raise goats.
Example 31-108:
Kria karneru pa bira riku.
Kria
raise
karneru
goat
pa
to
bira
become
riku.
rich
Raise goats to become rich.
Confidence:
Very certain