Datapoint Sri Lanka Portuguese/Subject relative clauses

Values

Zero and gap

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 41-80:
senaa, noospa janasa poɖiyaaspa nosa lingvaay seensaba kiteem
senaa,
otherwise
[noos-pa
[1pl-acc
jaa-nasa]
pst-be.born]
poɖiyaas-pa
child.pl-dat
nosa
1pl.gen
lingvaay
language
seem-saba
neg.ptcp-know
ki-teem
hab-be
Otherwise, the children born to us don't know our language.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5125

Example 41-119:
avara botuspa saba jaavanantu tiɲa duvɛɛnsa: kɔleraa. avara kulumbuntu teem
avara
now
botus-pa
2.hon-dat
saba
know
[jaavana-ntu
[Jaffna-loc
tiɲa]
pst.be]
duvɛɛnsa:
illness
kɔleraa.
cholera
avara
now
kulumbu-ntu
Colombo-loc
teem
prs.be
Now you know, in Jaffna there was a sickness: cholera. Now it is in Colombo. OR: Now you know, the sickness that was in Jaffna, cholera. Now it is in Colombo.

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 4834

Example 41-139:
tavii jeentispa daa daatu falaa poy laraa
[ta-vii]
[prs-come]
jeentis-pa
people-dat
daa
give
daa-tu
give-pfv.ptcp
falaa
tell
poy
habil
laraa
leave
Having given [the allowance] to the people who come [to collect it], you can tell [the others to come] and leave [it at that].

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5426

Example 41-18:
senaa nosantu teem meshiin kera see, botuspa poy venda
senaa
or
nosa-ntu
1pl.gen-loc
teem
prs.be
meshiin
machine
kera
want
see,
cond
botus-pa
2.hon-dat
pooy
habil
venda
sell
Or else, if you want the machine that we have (lit. that is with us), we can sell it to you (lit. Or else, if you want the machine that is with us, we can sell it to you).

Source: Smith's 1974-5 field notes: 5299

Confidence:
Very certain