Continuing with Gary’s list:
- The little boy’s father had once been a sailor.
This is relatively straightforward.
89. koda ɨsa ma soba sɛttɛ gɛdɛlɛ tilɛnya dɛstɛ.
- once long ago
- I’m told
So let’s do another:
- I have lost my blanket.
Again, relatively straightforward. It is exactly like sentence 20 but with a source added to show some causality. Furthermore, the evidential bala is used rather than the zero-marked visual evidential as a way for the speaker (I) to distance her/himself from being deliberately responsible for the state of the blanket. That is I non-volitionally lost the blanket.
90. lene mudɨdɛn tɨŋi dovɨdɛn bala.
- I hear/sense