Datapoint Guyanais/Tense-aspect systems

French Guyana Creole has had a mixed aspectual-temporal system from the beginning, which it has kept until today. It is changing, though, and losing aspectual values more and more.

Values

Mixed aspectual-temporal system

Example 52-52:
i ka brè
i
he
ka
prog
brè
drink
He is drinking.

Source: Jennings & Pfänder 2013+

Example 52-108:
a chanté yé té ka chanté
a
hl
chanté
sing
they
pst
ka
prog
chanté
sing
They were singing out loud (lit. It is singing they were singing).

Source: Jennings & Pfänder 2013+

Example 52-5:
mo achté liv ba to
mo
I
achté
buy
liv
book
ba
give
to
you
I bought a book for you.
Confidence:
Very certain