Datapoint Vincentian Creole/Expletive subject in ‘seem’ constructions

The expletive subject may be omitted. Although Vincentian Creole is not a pro-drop language, structures corresponding to Value 2 are attested.

Values

An expletive subject is not used Frequency: 50.0%

Example 7-155:
Lok laik wi ste lang inuhf.
Lok
look
laik
like
wi
1pl
ste
stay
lang
long
inuhf.
enough
It seems that we have stayed long enough.
Example 7-35:
Laik wi ste lang inuhf.
Laik
like
wi
1pl
ste
stay
lang
long
inuhf.
enough
It seems that we have stayed long enough.
Example 7-156:
Jan (lok) laik i a go win.
Jan
John
(lok)
(look)
laik
like
i
3sg
a
prog
go
irr
win.
win
It seems that John will win.

Source: Prescod 2004: 121

Example 7-58:
Suhm di tri dem laik de wuhz draiyin duhng.
Suhm
some
di
art
tri
tree
dem
pl
laik
like
de
3pl
wuhz
was
drai-yin
dry-prog
duhng.
down
Some of the trees seemed to be waning.

Source: Prescod 2004: A8

Confidence:
Very certain

An expletive subject is used Frequency: 50.0%

Example 7-154:
I lok laik wi ste lang inuhf.
I
3sg.n
lok
look
laik
like
wi
1pl
ste
stay
lang
long
inuhf.
enough
It seems that we have stayed long enough.
Confidence:
Very certain