Datapoint Sri Lanka Portuguese/Sortal numeral classifiers

Value 2 comment: the occasional use of pesaam ‘person’ as a classifier for humans is on the model of Tamil/Sinhala.

Values

The language has numeral classifiers

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

Example 41-66:
um miida askruuvapa kaatru rupiya landaa
one
miida
measure
askruuva-pa
rice-dat
kaatru
four
rupiya
rupee
lo-andaa
fut-go
For a measure of rice Rs. 4/- will go.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5162

Confidence:
Intermediate