Malabar-Sri Lanka PortugueseConjugate Verbs
- Language: Malabar-Sri Lanka Portuguese
- Alternate names:
- Language code: idb
- Language family: Indo-European, Classical Indo-European, Italic, Latino-Faliscan, Latinic, Imperial Latin, Romance, Italo-Western Romance, Western Romance, Shifted Western Romance, Southwestern Shifted Romance, West Ibero-Romance, Galician Romance, Macro-Portuguese, Indo-Portuguesic, Northern Indo-Portuguesic
- Number of speakers:
Malabar-Sri Lanka Portuguese is a language of Eurasia. The usage status of it is nearly extinct
Sri Lanka Portuguese is spoken by a dwindling number of the island’s Burgher ethnic group, descendants of unions between (primarily) Portuguese and Dutch men and local women. The two areas where a few speakers may be found are the east coast towns of Batticaloa and Trincomalee.
The Malabar-Sri Lanka Portuguese Verb
The tense, mood, and aspect categories of Sri Lanka Portuguese largely mirror those of the local languages. Dravidian (or Dravidian-like) influence has also decoupled the positive and negative systems to some extent, so that there is not always a one-to-one correspondence between positive and negative forms.
The core of the positive system has three tense-marking prefixes (present, past, future) and one aspectual prefix (perfective); the Batticaloa dialect adds a second aspectual prefix (habitual).
- ta-: present
- jaa-: past
- lo-: future
- ki-(ta-): present habitual
- ta-kaa-: present perfective
- jaa-kaa-: past perfective
- lo-kaa-: future perfective
- ki-kaa-: habitual perfective
- Holtus, Günter et al.. Lexicon der Romanistischen Linguistik. Niemeyer. Tübingen, 1989.