Datapoint Belizean Creole/Tightness of the link between the past marker and the verb

Adverbs very rarely occur between perfective and imperfective markers. Example 45 illustrates the combination of perfective and future markers (a counterfactual) which does not allow any intervening adverbial.

Values

Particle, a few lexical items may intervene

Example 9-16:
Maskin me ownli de tiŋk bowt di trezha we i me las.
Maskin
Maskin
me
ant
ownli
only
de
prog
tiŋk
think
bowt
about
di
the
trezha
treasure
we
rel
i
3sg
me
ant
las.
lose
Maskin was only thinking about the treasure that he had lost.

Source: Escure 1983a: 47

Example 9-87:
Wi me de wok fu ʃɛl.
Wi
1pl
me
ant
de
prog
wok
work
fu
for
ʃɛl.
Shell
We were working for Shell. OR: We had been working for Shell (when the event occurred).

Source: Escure 1993a: 234

Example 9-45:
Sambodi me wan pik it in.
Sambodi
somebody
me
ant
wan
fut
pik
pick
it
it
in.
in
Somebody would have picked it up.

Source: Escure 2004: 536

Confidence:
Very certain