Datapoint Lingala/Uses of the progressive marker

Although the language has a separate form for the habitual, the progressive can also be used for habits, but these are habits restricted in time only (whereas the habitual is more often used for structural habits).

Values

Progressive and habitual

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

Example 60-63:
mikolo óyo Francine azalí kosála na restaurant
mikolo
days
óyo
dem
Francine
Francine
a-zal-í
3sg-be-prs.prf
ko-sál-a
inf-work-fv
na
in
restaurant
restaurant
These days Francine works in a restaurant.

Source: Recordings of naturalistic discourse

Confidence:
Very certain