Datapoint Belizean Creole/Expression of nominal plural meaning

The plural word dem can be preposed or postposed to the nominal (Examples 10, 48). Plural can be double-marked as in Example 47, or it can be unmarked as in Ho moch li bway pikni? 'How many male children are there?'.

Values

Plural word following the noun Frequency: 41.2%

Example 9-47:
Maskin kaal op di sowdjaz dem.
Maskin
Maskin
kaal
call
op
up
di
the
sowdjaz
soldiers
dem.
them
Maskin called up the soldiers.

Source: Escure 1983a: 46

Example 9-10:
A de taak bawt siywid dem.
A
1sg
de
prog
taak
talk
bawt
about
siywid
seaweed
dem.
them
I am talking about those types of seaweed (that you know of).

Source: Escure 1983a: 35

Confidence:
Certain

Plural word preceding the noun Frequency: 41.2%

Example 9-48:
Sam a dem bway wuda gu awt.
Sam
some
a
of
dem
pl
bway
boy
wuda
would
gu
go
awt.
out
Some of the boys want to go out.

Source: Escure 1983a: 36

Confidence:
Very certain

Plural suffix Frequency: 17.6%

Example 9-49:
Yu gat li aystaz we grow pan de.
Yu
you
gat
got
li
little
aystaz
oysters
we
rel
grow
grow
pan
on
de.
them
There are small oysters that grow on them.

Source: Escure 1983a: 35

Example 9-47:
Maskin kaal op di sowdjaz dem.
Maskin
Maskin
kaal
call
op
up
di
the
sowdjaz
soldiers
dem.
them
Maskin called up the soldiers.

Source: Escure 1983a: 46

Confidence:
Very certain