Datapoint Creolese/Existential verb and transitive possession verb

The words /gat/ and /get/ possess the meaning 'have' but are also used with an existential meaning in /i get nof piipl/ 'there are many people'. However, there is a distinct existential, /de/, as in /nof piipl de/ with the same meaning.

Values

Overlap

Example 5-127:
jos de ii bin ga wan kookno chrii
jos
just
de
there
ii
3sg
bin
ant
ga
have
wan
a
kookno
coconut
chrii
tree
Just there, there was a coconut tree.

Source: Rickford 1987: 147, line 368

Example 5-128:
luk dong so gat o chrii
luk
look
dong
down
so
so
gat
have
o
a
chrii
tree
Look, there's a tree down so. OR: Look, there is a tree over there.

Source: Rickford 1987: 218, line 1052

Example 5-129:
wan manggoo chrii bin de rait a hed a di biling
wan
one
manggoo
mango
chrii
tree
bin
ant
de
exist
rait
right
a
at
hed
head
a
of
di
the
biling
building
A big mango tree (that) was right in front of the building.

Source: Rickford 1987: 148, lines 162-163

Example 5-126:
mii granfaada bin gat plees a filisiti bilid
mii
1sg.poss
granfaada
grandfather
bin
ant
gat
have
plees
place
a
at
filisiti
Felicity
bilid
Village
My grandfather had a place at Felicity Village.

Source: Rickford 1987: 147, line 352

Confidence:
Very certain