Datapoint Belizean Creole/Marking of possessor noun phrases

This feature illustrates the combination of English features (preposition 'of' > a in Example 53) and creole features (possessive preposition fi in Example 3), and an alternate juxtaposition construction (Examples 2 and 74).

Values

Adpositional or case marking of possessor Frequency: 50.0%

Example 9-53:
Di leydi me de waʧ a wid wan sayd a i ayz.
Di
the
leydi
lady
me
ant
de
prog
waʧ
watch
a
him
wid
with
wan
one
sayd
side
a
of
i
her
ayz.
eyes
The lady was watching him sideways.

Source: Escure's 1980s materials

Example 9-3:
Dog pa fi dem pap da wan big dog.
Dog
dog
pa
father
fi
for
dem
them
pap
pup
da
top
wan
a
big
big
dog.
dog
These puppies' father is a big dog.

Source: Escure 2004: 542

Confidence:
Certain

No marking Frequency: 50.0%

Example 9-2:
di laya sista
di
the
laya
lawyer
sista
sister
the lawyer's sister

Source: Escure's 1992 materials

Example 9-74:
Yu sok di djus owta di ʃrim hɛd.
Yu
2sg
sok
suck
di
the
djus
juice
owta
out.of
di
the
ʃrim
shrimp
hɛd.
head
You suck the juice out of the shrimp's head.

Source: Escure's 1980s materials

Confidence:
Very certain