Datapoint Vincentian Creole/Expression of nominal plural meaning

A noun which should be interpreted as plural can have one of the following patterns
(i) N + Ø (bare noun)
(ii) N + s/z/iz (mesolectal or basilectal)
(iii) Definite determiner + N + (an) dem
(iv) Demonstrative (dem)+ N
(v) Plural indefinite quantifier + N
N(-s) + fo so
N-s + an +N-s

Note that most nouns will bear no plural marker.

Value 3: generally in the case of mesolectal words like boiz 'boys', but the basilectal variant will not bear a plural suffix (impossible to have *di bwaiz for 'the boys’)

Value 8: The nominal element could be intensified if fo so is postposed to it (N(-s) + fo so).

Values

Plural word following the noun Frequency: 70.0%

Example 7-62:
di pikni (an) dem
di
art
pikni
child
(an)
(and)
dem
3pl
the children

Source: Prescod 2004: 185

Example 7-64:
pikni fo so
pikni
child
foso
intens
many children

Source: Prescod 2004: 185

Confidence:
Very certain

Plural suffix Frequency: 30.0%

Example 7-60:
boiz
boi-z
boy-pl
boys

Source: Prescod 2004: 185

Example 7-61:
Di hedtiicha duhz giv dem lesnz.
Di
art
hed-tiicha
head-teacher
duhz
hab
giv
give
dem
3pl
lesn-z.
lesson-pl
The headteacher gives them lessons.

Source: Prescod 2004: A10

Example 7-63:
yeiz an yeiz
yei-z
year-pl
an
and
yei-z
year-pl
for many years

Source: Prescod 2004: 185

Confidence:
Very certain