Datapoint Sri Lanka Portuguese/The prohibitive

Two prohibitives are found. numis (ta-)V and nikara (ta-)V. It is not clear if there is a meaning difference between them. Nikara(ta-) is also used as a habitual negative. The "normal" negators are nuku- unmarked (PRS/PST/NEARFUT) and naa(nda) marked (FUT/VOL/HAB/GENERIC/PREDICTION/CONTRARY TO EXPECTATION/POLITE Q).

Values

Normal imperative construction and special negator

Example 41-94:
eev mee jafalaa nikara tandaa falaa
eev
1sg
mee
foc
jaa-falaa
pst-say
[nikara
[neg.imp
ta-andaa
prs-go
falaa]
quot]
I myself said, “Don’t go.”

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5272

Example 41-1:
tɔɔna voos isti ravkiin kikustumaa jeentispa uŋ gɔɔta bata laraa; uŋ gɔɔta regulaadu kustumaa falaatu
tɔɔna
afterwards
voos
2sg
isti
this
[ravkiin
[violin
ki-kustumaa]
hab-practice]
jeentis-pa
people-acc
a
gɔɔta
little
bataa
hit
laraa;
pfv
a
gɔɔta
little
regulaadu
regularly
kustumaa
practice
falaatu
quot
Then shake up these people who are practicing violin a little, telling them to practice regularly.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5427

Example 41-95:
aka viida aka numis laraa avarapa
aka
that
viida
because
aka
that
numis
neg.oblig
laraa
leave
avara-pa
now-dat
Therefore, don't leave it for the time being.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 1430

Example 41-2:
elispa inda nukutiraa noos
eli-s-pa
3.m-pl-acc
inda
yet
nuku-tiraa
neg-take
noos
1pl
We haven't engaged them yet. OR: We haven't taken them on as regular employees yet.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 1372

Confidence:
Very certain