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Book: Haitian Creole

Chapter: Basic Sentence Structure

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25791


Chapter 7 opens with one of the central features of the language, the fact that many words serve multiple grammatical categories (multifunctionality). It then presents the structure of simple sentences: sentences formed with introducers, copula-type sentences, sentences with predicates containing transitive and intransitive verbs, and those with double objects. A section is devoted to middle verbs, which enter into constructions equivalent to French and English passive sentences. The final section deals with a notable structural feature of HC: the sentence-final emphatic markers wi and non.

Chapter Contributors

  • Albert Valdman ( - book-auth-406) 'Indiana University'