Temporal Clause Verb Doubling (Feature 99)
In some creole languages, a verb doubling construction can be used to express temporal adverbial clauses, and sometimes other types of subordinate clauses as well. An example from Haitian Creole is:
Rive Jan rive (epi) Mari pati.
arrive Jean arrive and Marie leave
‘As soon as Jean arrived, Marie left.’
|1||Temporal clauses can be expressed by a verb-doubling construction||Haitian Creole, Berbice Dutch Creole, Nicaraguan Creole (di kom yu kom ‘as soon as you come’)|
|2||No verb-doubling construction for expressing temporal clauses||Seychelles Creole, English|