Datapoint Lingala/Marking of pronominal possessors

When the possessor is expressed by a pronoun, the default and most frequently occurring word order is possessum - possessor. The reverse word order is used only in contrastive contexts (see Example 50). A note on allomorphs: In the latter word order, the connective, which is always na in front of pronouns (and ya in front of nouns), becomes ya.

Values

Adpositional phrase following the possessum

Example 60-51:
mbóngo na bísó
mbóngo
money
na
of
bísó
1pl
our money

Source: Recordings of naturalistic discourse

Example 60-50:
mbóngo na yé ekokí té; ya bísó mbóngo ekokí
mbóngo
money
na
of
3sg
e-kok-í
3sg.inan-can-prs.prf
té;
neg
ya
of
bísó
1pl
mbóngo
money
e-kok-í
3sg.inan-can-prs.prf
His money is not sufficient, ours is.

Source: Recordings of naturalistic discourse

Confidence:
Very certain