Datapoint Singapore Bazaar Malay/Occurrence of nominal plural markers

In Bazaar Malay, a noun can be singular or plural. Number can be inferred from the context. If the plurality is to be indicated, the noun, whether it is animate or inanimate, human or non-human, is reduplicated.

Values

Variable plural marking of human or inanimate nouns

Example 67-4:
anjing punya kaki
anjing
dog
punya
poss
kaki
leg
the dog's leg/legs

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 352

Example 67-53:
kawan-kawan; buku-buku
kawan~kawan;
friend~friend
buku~buku
book~book
friends; books

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 98

Example 67-54:
Ada Melayu punya kawan-kawan campo-campo ada la.
Ada
have
Melayu
Malay
punya
attr
kawan~kawan
friend~friend
campo~campo
mix~mix
ada
have
la.
emph
[I] have Malay friends, with whom [I] mix all the time.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 98

Example 67-21:
Sekarang malam pasar sudah manyak kurang.
Sekarang
now
malam
night
pasar
market
sudah
pfv
manyak
very
kurang.
less
Now, the night markets have already become less.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 123

Example 67-56:
itu gadis sama dia punya kawan
itu
dem
gadis
girl
sama
with
dia
3sg
punya
poss
kawan
friend
that girl and her friend(s)
Confidence:
Very certain