Datapoint Gurindji Kriol/Reciprocal constructions

The pronoun mijelp is used to express both reflexive and reciprocal constructions in Gurindji Kriol. This reflects the use of mijelp in western varieties of Kriol. Note that in eastern varieties of Kriol, gija (< together) is used in reciprocal constructions.

Values

Reciprocal construction identical to reflexive

Example 72-140:
"Watja watja" jei bin tok mijelp nganta.
"Watja
hurry
watja"
hurry
jei
3pl.sbj
bin
pst
tok
talk
mijelp
recp
nganta.
doubt
"Hurry hurry", I reckon they were saying to each other.

Source: Meakins 2007: 57

Example 72-141:
Ib yu karankarra mijelp hardwantu yul meikim mijelp kungulu.
Ib
if
yu
2sg
karan-karra
scratch-cont
mijelp
refl
hard-wan-tu
hard-nmlz-erg
yu-l
2sg-fut
meik-im
make-tr
mijelp
refl
kungulu.
bleed
If you keep scratching yourself hard, you will make yourself bleed.

Source: Meakins 2007: 57

Confidence:
Very certain