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Tok Pisin is an interesting language. Take the following article on Canada:
Kanada i  wanpela    kantri         bilong       Not   Amerika.
Canada is one-fellow country (that) belongs (to) North America.
or, on Saturday:
Sarere   i  nambasikis de   bilong       wik.
Saturday is number-six that belongs (to) week.
 
Long sampela     kantri,    wik  i  stat  long Sande,  na  Sarere   i  nambaseven   de   bilong      wik.
In   some-fellow countries, week is start on   Sunday, and Satuday  is number-seven that belongs (to) week.
At first glance, it may not look very English-like, but after awhile, it gets easier to read.

Date: 2006-11-05 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekokaze.livejournal.com
Just a head's up: there's only been like one really fluent speaker on the Tok Pisin wiki ever (at last count) so it's kinda a weird version of the language in some ways. It's generally good textbook TP usually, though.

Also, I'm pretty sure the origin of the predicate marker i is either "he" or something native, though I can't remember at the moment (usually a big deal is made out of its roles in the aspectual system and such, not what it came from). I should probably look it up, I haven't been on a Tok Pisin kick in about 8 months now, it's time.

(Man, my language contact paper from Linguistics on TP sounds weird. I mean, it's good stuff, but whenever you come back to a paper after a while it's crazy.)

Date: 2006-11-05 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekokaze.livejournal.com
Ah, wait, I did include that in my paper, I remembered right:
...Certain English words became grammaticalized or further extended in grammatical function (long (<along), bilong (<belong), bin (<been), i (<he), etc.). ...

Date: 2006-11-05 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notyourbroom.livejournal.com
Yeah, I couldn't quite remember whether "i" came from "he", though I pondered over it for a moment; considering the function of the word, though, it really acts analogous to a copulative in the above instances, so 'is' works well enough for the purpose of Unscientific LiveJournal Glosses™.

Date: 2006-11-05 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notyourbroom.livejournal.com
ahaha, terrible pun waiting to happen in a sort of "I can't read without my glosses" thing.

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