Datapoint Sango/Uses of the progressive marker

Current state: For 'I know' one says mbi hinga ala 'I know them.' Value 9: I have come across a few examples of the COP with stative verbs, as with lo ke kono 'he/she is big', but I suspect that these were learned from missionaries.

Values

Progressive, habitual, and future

Example 59-150:
mbi ke leke tere ti mbi ti kiri
mbi
1sg
ke
cop
leke
fix
tere
body
ti
of
mbi
1sg
ti
to
kiri
return
I'll prepare myself to return.

Source: Samarin 2001a: 136

Example 59-146:
mo yeke te nyama ti nyen'?
mo
2sg
yeke
cop
te
eat
nyama
meat
ti
of
nyen'?
what
What kind of meat do you (habitually) eat?
Example 59-60:
i sara kobe na lege ni pepe; ni laa si i ke wara malade mingi, si i toto ya ti i
i
1pl
sara
make
kobe
food
na
prep
lege
way
ni
det
pepe;
neg
ni
det
laa
conn
si
then
i
1pl
ke
cop
wara
get
malade
sickness
mingi,
much
si
then
i
1pl
toto
cry
ya
belly
ti
of
i
1pl
We don't prepare food in the correct manner; that's why we have a lot of sickness and we complain about our stomachs.

Source: Samarin 1967a: 156

Example 59-151:
tere agwe (a)duti na yanga ti yaka ti kobe so [...], ake te
tere
Spider
agwe
sm.go
(a)duti
(sm-)sit
na
prep
yanga
mouth
ti
of
yaka
garden
ti
of
kobe
food
so
dem
[...],
[...]
ake
sm.cop
te
eat
Spider went to the edge of this produce garden and began to eat.
Example 59-46:
lakwe mo eke wara malade
lakwe
always
mo
2sg
eke
cop
wara
get
malade
sickness
(If you don't do this), you'll always get ill.
Example 59-147:
lo tene mama ti lo ake kiri lawa
lo
3sg
tene
say
mama
mother
ti
of
lo
3sg
a-ke
pm-cop
kiri
return
lawa
when
He asked when her mother was returning.
Confidence:
Very certain