Datapoint Sri Lanka Portuguese/Interrogative pronouns

Kilaay ‘how’ may be structurally opaque, since *laay doesn’t exist on its own. On the other hand, the enclitic =ley ‘like’ could be treated as being suppletively related.

Values

Two compound expressions

Example 41-36:
isti lav levaa maan riiva padaa keenntu teem fɔɔrsa?
isti
this
lav
immediately
levaa
take.away
maam
hand
riiva
on
pa-daa
inf-give
keem-ntu
who-loc
teem
prs.be
fɔɔrsa?
strength
To take and give in [his] hand immediately [i.e. all at once], who has the ability [for that]? OR: Who has the ability to pay the whole purchase price at once?

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5309

Example 41-32:
liimpu bistiidu buniitu oondi boos tandaa?
liimpu
clean
bistiidu
clothing
buniitu
pretty
oondi
where
boos
2sg
ta-andaa?
prs-go
Where do you think you're going all gussied up like that?

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5567

Example 41-37:
kiyɔɔra noos pooy andaa?
kii-ɔɔra
what-time
noos
1pl
pooy
habil
andaa?
go
When can we go?

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 3180

Example 41-35:
kilaay paasu?
kilaay
how
paasu?
struggle
How’s the struggle? OR: How’s it going?

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 3863

Confidence:
Intermediate