Datapoint Michif/Tightness of the link between the progressive marker and the verb

Progressive is not an obligatory category in Michif.
There is a free particle meekwaat that indicates that an action is ongoing.

In Cree, but not in Michif, this particle can also occur between the person prefix and the verb stem.

Values

Particle, open-class items may intervene

Example 75-84:
Li shyaen mekwaat aen zoo maamaakwahtem.
Li
def.art.m.sg
shyaen
dog
mekwaat
prog
aen
indf.art.m.sg
zoo
bone
maamaakwaht-em.
chew.inan-3.sbj.3.obj
The dog is chewing on a bone.

Source: Laverdure & Allard 1983: 48

Example 75-2:
La shyenn lii ptsi shyaen meekwaat ayaaweew.
La
def.art.f.sg
shyenn
bitch
lii
art.pl
ptsi
small
shyaen
dog
meekwaat
prog
ayaaw-eew.
have.anim-3.sbj.3.obj
The bitch is having pups.

Source: Laverdure & Allard 1983: 42

Example 75-126:
Aahkushiw meekwaat.
Aahkushi-w
be.ill-3
meekwaat.
right.now
She is ailing right now.

Source: Laverdure & Allard 1983: 19

Confidence:
Certain