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Waagwaan?

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Clive Forrester

on 11 September 2017

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Transcript of Waagwaan?

Waagwaan?
common Jamaican greeting,
literally "what's going on?" or "what's up?"
Wa
a
gwaan
+
+
"what's going on?"
question
word
go + on
(similar sounds can be
combined it seems?)
??
More data...
Di man iit im fuud.
"The man eats his food"
Di man a iit im fuud.
"The man is eating his food."
iit = eat
a iit = eating
a =
-ing
Both verbs are in the same time frame - "tense"
Verbs can express actions as static or ongoing - "aspect"
Verbs can also indicate whether the action is certain or not - "mood"
Tense
(past or present)
Aspect
(finished or ongoing)
Mood
(certain or uncertain)
eat
eat, ate
eaten,
eating
will eat,
could eat
drink
drink,
drank
drunken,
drinking
might drink,
must drink
run
run, ran
had run,
running
should run,
can run
Wa + a + gwaan
question
word
go + on
Asp./-ing
What
going on
"What's going on?"
Most common response is:
"Mi de ya."
Now it's your turn to figure it out...
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