Datapoint Sango/Expletive subject of existential verb

The subject marker is used in this way. See Example 199.

Values

An expletive subject is not used

Example 59-199:
akete kete amicrobe ti bilharzie ni ake na ya ti ngu so
a-kete
pl-small
kete
small
a-<microbe>
pl-microbe
ti
of
<bilharzie>
bilharzia
ni
def
a-yeke
pm-cop
na
in
ya
interior
ti
of
ngu
water
so
dem
Very small liver-fluke microbes are in this river.

Source: Samarin 1967a: 156

Example 59-83:
azo ake mingi
a-zo
pl-person
a-ke
pm-cop
mingi
many
There are a lot of people.
Example 59-113:
anyama ake da mingi
a-nyama
pl-animal
a-ke
pm-cop
da
there
mingi
many
There are a lot of animals there.
Example 59-217:
wen' ake na ya ni, na wen' ni ake si gigi
wen'
iron
a-ke
pm-cop
na
prep
ya
belly
ni,
det
na
and
wen'
iron
ni
det
a-ke
pm-cop
si
arrive
gigi
outside
There's iron in it (the ore), and iron appears (when the ore is melted).

Source: Samarin 1967a: 90

Confidence:
Intermediate