2008-11-01

more notes on Goilo's Textbook

Continuing now with a tour of E.R. Goilo's Papiamentu Textbook. Di cincu les starts with an introduction to elision/sandhi, the changes that Papiamentu makes to its words to cause them to flow more smoothly.

When the direct object of a verb is the pronoun e (he/she/it), the last vowel of the verb is often deleted and the e gets glued onto the verb. Goilo explains the system this way:

“In the case of verbs ending in a, lose a.”

Mi ta tum’é , mi ta cumpr’é

“The verbs ending in e are pronounced with stress on the last e.”

Mi ta com’é , mi ta beb’é

“The verbs ending in i retain this i.”

Mi ta skirbié , mi ta pidié

“Instead of the pronoun é, you may hear the old form ele, e.g. tum’ele, com’ele, skirbiele, etc.”

Sentences like I give it to him are handled this way:

instead of mi ta duna é é “we write and pronounce it mi ta dun’élé (both é's are stressed).”

to be continued…

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