Datapoint Sri Lanka Portuguese/Present reference of stative verbs and past perfective reference of dynamic verbs

A few defective verbs, such as sava 'know' and kera 'want' may exceptionally be unmarked in the present (These two verbs have no past form.) Verbs in dependent temporal clauses have optional past and perfective marking to indicate temporal priorness (i.e. past relative to the time of the main verb). [These are the SLP versions of the South Asian “conjunctive past participle”.]

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Stative verbs with present reference and dynamic verbs with past perfective reference are marked differently

Example 41-154:
vaarzim see kii falaatu saba siɲoorpa?
vaarzim
vaarzim
see
cond
kii
what
falaa-tu
quot-pfv
saba
know
siɲoor-pa?
mister-dat
Do you know what "vaarzim" means?

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 3073

Example 41-181:
maaket dɛɛntru macaa andaa see amiis poy ceraa
maaket
market
dɛɛntru
inside
macaa
walk
andaa
go
see
cond
amiis
fishy.smell
pooy
habil
ceraa
smell
As you walk through the market, you can smell a fishy smell.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 3993

Example 41-89:
innaa aka fiiyusu fiiyu uŋa isti vees SSC cooduna yatiraa: doos paaɖam
innaa
here.is
aka
that
fiiyu-su
son-gen
fiiyu
son
uŋa
one
isti
this
vees
time
SSC
SSC
cooduna
exam
jaa-tiraa:
pst-take
doos
two
paaɖam
pass
Here, one of that son's sons, this time he took the SSC examination: two passes.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5180

Confidence:
Certain