Datapoint Singapore Bazaar Malay/Internal order of tense, aspect, and mood markers

Bazaar Malay verbs are not marked or inflected for number or tense. Present tense and Past tense are indicated through the use of temporal nouns which occur only at the beginning of the discourse. If there is more than one modifier within a Verb Phrase, the negator is the first modifier to come, the modal marker is the second to come and the aspectual marker is the last to come. Thus, the internal structure of the VP can be summarized as: (NEG negator, MOD modal marker, ASP aspectual marker and VH verb head). Data show that no more than three components appear and this is also true in Standard Malay (Payne 1970: 65).

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Example 67-99:
Dulu ada niaka.
Dulu
pst
ada
have
niaka.
business
Before, [I] had business.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 338

Example 67-98:
Saya nanti boleh kasi perut besar ah.
Saya
1sg
nanti
later
boleh
can
kasi
give
perut
stomach
besar
big
ah.
pcl
Later, I will be able to make [my] stomach big.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 171

Confidence:
Very certain