2008-10-16

possible 3rd use for "ta"

Obviously ta is the copula and the present tense marker for other verbs. I think there may be a third usage: at the beginning of a phrase it may be some kind of emphatic particle or signal of “fronting.” Something like this:

Kiko bo ta hasi? What are you doing?
Ta kiko bo ta hasi? WHAT are you doing!?

Djis un teoria. Mi ta buska konfirmashon.

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1 comment:

Hidson Guimarães said...

This emphatic copula is common in Portuguese and French:

"O que é que você está fazendo?" could also be put in Papiamento word order: "É o quê que você tá fazendo?"

In French we have "Qu'est-ce que c'est".