Datapoint Batavia Creole/Uses of the progressive marker

Batavia sta/ste is a general imperfective marker which also refers to past imperfective situations. It does not seem to be obligatory, because there are examples of unmarked verbs that refer to progressive and habitual/generic situations.

Values

Progressive, habitual, and current state

Example 43-55:
Kilay sorti Sinyor ste buska?
Kilay
what.kind
sorti
sort
Sinyor
Sir
ste
prog
buska?
look.for
What kind are you looking for?

Source: Maurer 2011: 54

Example 43-57:
Undi ste mora?
Undi
where
ste
ipfv
mora?
live
Where do you live, Sir?

Source: Maurer 2011: 56

Example 43-56:
Pertu riba di bar ste nasi e krisi: [...]
Pertu
near
riba
over
di
of
bar
ground
ste
gener
nasi
be.born
e
and
krisi:
grow
[...]
[...]
Near over the ground sprout and grow: […]

Source: Maurer 2011: 54

Confidence:
Very certain