Datapoint Papiamentu/Order of possessor and possessum

Where a lexical possessor precedes a possessed noun, a possessive of the form POSSESSOR + PN + POSSESSED must be used. The pronoun which separates possessor and possessed is the third person possessive pronoun su. Muller (1989: 538f) and Maurer (1988: 38) show that it acts as a generic possessive pronoun in this construction. See Feature 38 "Marking of possessor noun phrases" for further discussion.

Values

Possessum-possessor Frequency: 70.0%

Example 47-7:
kas di mi ruman Eric
kas
house
di
of
mi
1sg
ruman
sibling
Eric
Eric
(the) house of my brother Eric

Source: Kouwenberg & Murray 1994: 50

Example 47-9:
El a kohe e sombré di e homber bisti.
El
3sg
a
pfv
kohe
take
e
def
sombré
hat
di
of
e
def
homber
man
bisti.
wear
He took the man's hat and put it on.

Source: Pinto 1965: 22

Confidence:
Very certain

Possessor-possessum Frequency: 30.0%

Example 47-8:
e muchanan su bukinan
e
def
mucha
child
nan
pl
su
poss
buki
book
nan
pl
the children's books

Source: Maurer 1988a: 38

Example 47-6:
Hose su kas
Hose
Hose
su
poss
kas
house
Hose's house

Source: Maurer 1988a: 38

Example 47-5:
boso tur su trabou
boso
2pl
tur
all
su
poss
trabou
work
the work of you all

Source: Maurer 1988a: 38

Confidence:
Very certain