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Stephanie Durrleman (2000). THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CLAUSE IN JAMAICAN CREOLE.

URL: http://www.unige.ch/lettres/linge/syntaxe/journal/pdf_volume_one/article7_durrleman.pdf

(Last accessed 2009-07-23).

ODIN: http://odin.linguistlist.org/igt_raw.php?id= 557&langcode=jam (2020-08-13).

 

Example #1:

    (1)     Di gyal nuh tan good none-at-all
    The girl [neg] behave good [neg] at all
    `The girl doesn't behave well at all'
Example #2:

    (2)     Im nuh gi di gyal nutn
    S/he [neg] give the girl nothing
    `S/he doesn't give the girl anything'
Example #3:

    (3)     Im tink seh dat no right
    S/he think that that [neg] right
    `S/he thinks that that's not right'
Example #4:

    (4)     Jan like im
    John like him/her
    `John likes him/her'
Example #5:

    (7)     A fi di gyal yaad dat
    [foc] for the girl home that
    `That's the girl's home'
Example #6:

    (8)     A fi Mi/yu/Im/Wi/Uno/Dem yaad dat
    [+foc] for me/you/him/we/you[+plural]/them yard that
    `That's my/your/his/our/your[+plural]/their home'
Example #7:

    (9)     Mi/yu/Im/Wi/Uno/Dem                   nuo betta
    I/you/S/he/We/You[+plural]/They       know better
    `I/you/S/he/We/You[+plural]/They know better'
Example #8:

    (10)       `im did really gwaan so?
    S/he [+past] really go+on so
    `S/he really behaved like that?/ Did S/he really behave like that?'
Example #9:

    (1)   Dem     en/did nuo dat
    Them [+past] know that
    `They knew that'
Example #10:

    (2)   Mi/yu/Im/Wi/Uno/Dem              en/did nuo betta
    I/you/S/he/We/You[+plural]/They [+past] know better
    `I/you/S/he/We/You[+plural]/They knew better'
Example #11:

    (3)   Im shuda nyam di bammy lang taim
    S/he [+modal] eat the bammy long time
    `S/he should've eaten the bammy a long time ago'
Example #12:

    (4)   Im a nyam di bammy
    S/he [+progressive] eat the bammy
    `S/he is eating the bammy'
Example #13:

    (5)a. Jan shuda en a ron                                              Bailey (1966)
    John [+modal] [+past] [+prog] run
    `John should have been running'
Example #14:

    (7)        Piita neva shuda tief di mango-dem
    Peter never [+modal] thief the mango-[plur]
    `Peter never shoud've stolen the mangoes'
Example #15:

    (8)        Wantaim, wan man en ha wan gyal-pickni nomo                               Bailey (1971)
    One time, one man [past] have one girl-child no-more
    `Once upon a time, there was a man who had an only daughter'
Example #16:

    (13)a. Jan shuda did love dat                         Mod+a > T
    John Mod+a [past] love that
    "John should have loved that"
Example #17:

    (14)a. Mi wuda mos haffi ron                             Mod+a > other Mods
    Me Mod+a must have to run
    "I would have had to run"
Example #18:

    (30) Im say dat saim ting deh
    S/he say that same thing there
    `S/he said that very thing'
Example #19:

    (32) Jan did nyam di bammi
    John [+past] eat the bammy
    `John had eaten the bammy'
Example #20:

    (37)a. Jan tink seh im a di bess
    John think that he [equative] the best
    `John thinks/*thought that he is/*was the best'
Example #21:

    (38)a. Yestaday, Jan certanly nyam nuff (a di ) bammy!
    Yesterday, John certainly eat plenty (of the) bammy
    `Yesterday, John certainly ate plenty (of the) bammy!'
Example #22:

    b.       Yestaday, Jan tink seh im a big man, bot now im nuo seh nutn no go so
    Yesterday, John think that he a big man, but now he know that nothing [neg] go so
    `Yesterday, he thought that he was a grown up, but now he knows that it's not so
Example #23:

    (40) Im a (g)o nyam dat
    S/he [prog] [prosp] eat that
    S/he is going to eat that
Example #24:

    (62) Jan did a nyam uno bammi                         (... good ting mi tell im fi stap)
    John [+past] [+prog] eat your[plur] bammy        (... good thing I tell him to stop)
    `John was eating your bammy                      (...good thing I told him to st
Example #25:

    (63) Jan nuo dat
    John know that
    `John knows that'
Example #26:

    (69) Y(u) a go go deh?
    You [+prog] [+prosp] go there
    `You're going to go there?'
Example #27:

    (72) Mi (did) jus nuo dat
    I only/somehow ([past] = knew) know that
    *I just previously knew that
Example #28:

    (73) Kk w zo        f
    Kk do work DET finish
    `Kk finished doing the work'
Example #29:

    (74) Kk d mlnkn          v
    Kk eat rice      DET finish
    `Kk finished eating the rice'
Example #30:

    (86)a. Im done nuo dat
    S/he done know that
    `S/he already knows that'
Example #31:

    (87) Im done nuo seh wi done
    S/he [+anterior] know done that we [+completive]
    `S/he already knows that we're finished'
Example #32:

    d.     Im (*aredi) mosa (aredi) gi `im di gassip
    S/he (*already) must [epistemic] (already) give her/him the gossip
    `S/he must have already given her/him the gossip'
Example #33:

    e.     Im (*aredi) did (aredi) nuo dat
    S/he (*already) did (already) know that
    `S/he already knew that'
Example #34:

    f.    Im (aredi) a (*aredi) gwaan bad
    S/he (already) [prog] (*already) go+on bad
    `S/he's already behaving badly'
Example #35:

    (94) Yu nuh nuo im? A di same wan weh chat-chat wi business?
    business
    personal affairs'
Example #36:

    (98) im still a chat-chat di people-dem business bout di place
    S/he still [prog] Verb-Verb the people [+plur] business around the place
    `She's still incessantly spreading those people's private affairs all over town'
Example #37:

    (99) Im nuh done chat chat di people-dem business all now?
    S/he [neg] [completive] [frequentative] chat-chat the people [plur] business even now?
    `S/he hasn't yet finished incessantly spreading those persons' private affairs?'
Example #38:

    (20)a. Jan nuh jus pain di door deh?
    John neg [retrosp] paint the door there
    `Isn't it just a while ago that John painted that door?'
Example #39:

    d.    Im (*aredi) mosa (aredi) gi `im di gassip
    S/he (*already) must [epistemic] (already) give her/him the gossip
    `S/he must have already given her/him the gossip'
Example #40:

    e.    Im (*aredi) did (aredi) nuo dat
    S/he (*already) did (already) know that
    `S/he already knew that'
Example #41:

    (47)       Im nyam di whole a i done aredi
    S/he eat the whole of it [completive] [anterior]
    "S/he finished eating it all already"
Example #42:

    (49) Im nyam di whole a i done AREDI
    S/he eat the whole of it [completive] [anterior]
    "S/he finished eating it all ALREADY"