Datapoint Papiamentu/Aspect change in verb chains

Muller (1983: 49) points out that particles can appear before both verbs in a sequence of verbs; his examples include a case of "aspect change", where the first verb is marked for perfective aspect by preverbal a, while the second is marked by gerundive ta. Maurer (1988: 259ff) describes the same phenomenon, but also includes an example where the first verb is marked by the preverbal nonperfective past marker tabata, the second by gerundive ta.
There are two problems, however, in assessing these cases:
First, they almost always involve complete overlap of the events denoted by the two verbs in sequence.
Secondly, and related to the first issue, the second event is usually a gerundial which marks manner or circumstance. Since gerundials can be used adverbially (Kouwenberg & Murray 1994: 45), this may not, strictly speaking, be an instance of a verb chain. Research is needed to clarify this. Other particles are not attested as participating in this type of construction.

Values

Aspect change in verb chains is possible

Example 47-110:
Ela bira su kabu di chapi ta bai dal e kachó, [...].
El
3sg
a
pfv
bira
turn
su
poss
kabu
handle
di
of
chapi
hoe
ta
ger
bai
go
dal
hit
e
def
kachó,
dog
[...].
[...]
He turned the handle of his hoe, ready to hit the dog, [...] (lit. He turned the handle of his hoe, going to hit the dog, [...]).

Source: Maurer 1988a: 261

Example 47-108:
Awaseru a sigui ta kai.
Awaseru
rain
a
pfv
sigui
continue
ta
ger
kai.
fall
It continued raining.

Source: Muller 1983: 49

Example 47-109:
Ora Lucia tabata pasa ta bai misa, [...].
Ora
hour
Lucia
Lucia
tabata
pst
pasa
pass
ta
ger
bai
go
misa,
church
[...].
[...]
When Lucy passed there on her way to church, [...].

Source: Maurer 1988a: 261

Example 47-107:
E muchanan ta kana ta grita riba kaya.
E
def
mucha
child
nan
pl
ta
tns
kana
walk
ta
ger
grita
scream
riba
on
kaya.
street
The children are yelling in the street while walking.

Source: Muller 1983: 49

Confidence:
Uncertain