dapa1 anaphoric third plural pronoun, referring to a group of people [...]

Part of Speech pers. pronoun
Phonetic Form ⁿdapa
Variant Form(s) dap’
Tanema Equivalent dato
Lovono Equivalent detu
Morphology Cf. da ‘3 dual’ + -pa
    • anaphoric third plural pronoun, referring to a group of people already mentioned in discourse
      • Gram
    • Syntactic Restriction subject, object or possessor
      • Example 535:
        Dapa li-madau.
        They were scared.
        Example Comment
      • Example 536:
        Ni-ovei dapa.
        I know them.
        Example Comment
      • Example 537:
        Li-pei dapa.
        They were rejoicing [themselves].
        Example Comment
      • Example 538:
        kie dapa
        their graves
        Example Comment
        possessor of dependent noun
      • Example 539:
        enga dapa
        their names
    • generic plural pronoun: people, generic ‘they’
    • Sense Comment rare
      Encyclopedic Info Sem.: In this meaning, dapa is less common than idi, the impersonal 3pl pronoun, which is always non-anaphoric (‘people’).
      (Part of) Synonym (for)
      • Example 540:
        dapa ne kulumoe
        people in the village (villagers)
    • people! guys!
    • Syntactic Restriction appellative
      • Example 541:
        Ei! Dapa! Na toñaki ae na?
        Hey, people! What sort of ship is that?
      • Example 542:
        Ebel' ini me, dapa!
        This is excellent, guys!

Related entries

  • Heterosemes:
    • dapa2 plural marker for human nouns / in the absence of a noun head, dapa serves as head in a plural NP with human reference: ‘people’, ‘those (who+)’ / ‹s.o.›’s people: relatives, family; community