Datapoint Belizean Creole/Polar questions

Da (and rarely a) is a topic particle which is often present in questions. It mostly occurs initially, but it may occur at the end too (see Example 189).

Values

Initial question particle Frequency: 38.5%

Example 9-190:
Da ʤimi me in ʧaʤ a di hol tiŋ?
Da
top
ʤimi
Jimi
me
ant
in
in
ʧaʤ
charge
a
of
di
the
hol
whole
tiŋ?
thing
Was Jimmy in charge of the whole enterprise?

Source: Escure 1993a: 237

Confidence:
Certain

Only interrogative intonation Frequency: 38.5%

Example 9-191:
So i me gɛt di kantrak n̩ i jos haya di baʤ?
So
so
i
3sg
me
ant
gɛt
get
di
the
kantrak
contract
and
i
3sg
jos
just
haya
hire
di
the
baʤ?
barge
So he had got the contract and he just hired the barge?

Source: Escure 1993a: 237

Confidence:
Certain

Final question particle Frequency: 23.1%

Example 9-189:
Onli fo a unu da?
Onli
only
fo
four
a
of
unu
2pl
da?
top
Was there only four of you?

Source: Escure 1993a: 237

Confidence:
Certain