Continuing with Gary’s list:
- The little boy’s father had once been a sailor.
This is relatively straightforward.
89. koda É¨sa ma soba sÉ›ttÉ› gÉ›dÉ›lÉ› tilÉ›nya dÉ›stÉ›.
- 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 mudÉ¨dÉ›n tÉ¨ŋi dovÉ¨dÉ›n bala.
- I hear/sense