Datapoint Lingala/Tightness of the link between the progressive marker and the verb

The progressive is formed by periphrasis, i.e. the auxiliary 'to be' followed by the main verb in the infinitive. Adverbs such as ('also') can intervene.

Values

Particle, a few lexical items may intervene

Example 60-61:
nazalí kolámba
na-zal-í
1sg-be-prs.prf
ko-lámb-a
inf-cook-fv
I am cooking.

Source: Recordings of naturalistic discourse

Example 60-62:
nazalí pé kolámba
na-zal-í
1sg-be-prs.prf
also
ko-lámb-a
inf-cook-fv
I am also cooking.
Example 60-64:
nazalí kosála
na-zal-í
1sg-be-prs.prf
ko-sál-a
inf-work-fv
I am working.

Source: Recordings of naturalistic discourse

Confidence:
Very certain