Datapoint Eskimo Pidgin/Present reference of stative verbs and past perfective reference of dynamic verbs

Past and present are not obligatorily marked in the language. Examples with unmarked stative verbs tend to have a present tense interpretation. Unmarked stative verbs with a past tense interpretation were not attested. Half of the examples with unmarked dynamic verbs tend to have a present tense interpretation, the other half has a past interpretation.

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The language has no or only one TAM marker

Example 76-27:
tuktu tautuk picuktu awoña
tuktu
caribou
tautuk
see
picuktu
want
awoña
I
I am hunting caribou.

Source: Stefánsson 1909: 231

Example 76-45:
kwak kaukau
kwak
frozen
kaukau
eat
He eats frozen food.

Source: Stefánsson 1909: 226

Example 76-46:
awoña iglupȗk ĕlĕkta
awoña
I
iglupȗk
barracks
ĕlĕkta
go
I am going (I went) to Fort McPherson.

Source: Stefánsson 1909: 224

Example 76-38:
aipaña kammik navik'ta
aipaña
second
kammik
boot
navik'ta
broken
The other boot is torn.

Source: Stefánsson 1909: 228

Confidence:
Certain