Datapoint Sri Lanka Portuguese/Generic noun phrases in subject function

Relative importance values are entirely impressionistic and not based on any rigorous study. The multiplicity of possibilities is partly due to the fact that plural marking is optional.
As for value 2, I have not found any examples of bare singular nouns outside songs and proverbial expressions.

Values

Bare plural noun phrase in languages with definite article Frequency: 30.0%

Example 41-60:
aka parim boom prendudoor uŋa jafalaa: jeentis falaa daatu aka kriyaansas kitaprenda see aka muytu viraadu
aka
that
parim
1sg.dat
boom
good
prendudoor
learned.person
uŋa
one
jaa-falaa:
pst-say
[jeentis
[people
falaa-daa-tu
say-give-pfv.ptcp
aka
that
kriyaansa-s
child-pl
ki-ta-prenda
nmlz-prs-study
see
cond
aka
that
muytu
very
viraadu]
wrong]
With respect to that, a very learned person told me that [the model of education whereby] people teach and children study is wrong. OR: Consultant's translation: That, one very learned person told me: people teaching [children] and that children learning is wrong.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5188

Confidence:
Certain

Plural noun phrase with definite article Frequency: 30.0%

Example 41-44:
[...] tajuntaa luvaara andaatu, nosa jeentis doos pesaan tiɲatu, japapiyaa see, isti malvaars graasa tafaya [...]
[...]
[...]
ta-juntaa
[prs-meet
luvaara
place
andaa-tu,
go-pfv.ptcp]
nosa
[1pl.gen
jeentis
people
doos
two
pesaan
person
tiɲa-tu,
stand-pfv.ptcp
jaa-papiyaa
pst-speak
see,
cond]
isti
this
malvaar-s
Tamil-pl
graasa
ridicule
ta-faya
prs-do
[...]
[...]
[...] having gone to a place where [they] get together, if two of our people stand and talk, the(se) Tamils ridicule [them].

Source: Smith 1977: 148-149

Confidence:
Intermediate

Singular noun phrase with definite article Frequency: 30.0%

Example 41-9:
isti ingrees miziiɲa dika isti fɛɛvrispa malvaarsu miziiɲa mee boom falaatu takombersaa
isti
this
[ingrees
[English
miziiɲa
medicine
dika
than
isti
this
fɛɛvri-s-pa
fever-pl-dat
malvaar-su
Tamil-gen
miziiɲa
medicine
mee
foc
boom
good
falaa-tu]
quot-pfv]
ta-kombersaa
prs-talk
They say that for fevers, Tamil medicine (Ayurvedic medicine) is better than English (Western) medicine.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5345

Confidence:
Intermediate

Bare singular noun phrase in languages with definite article Frequency: 10.0%

Example 41-59:
lagaartisu kuruva cooru
lagaarti-su
crocodile-gen
kruuva
fresh
cooru
tears
The crocodile’s tears are fresh. (i.e. They always tear.)

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5629

Confidence:
Certain