Definitions starting with C

ID #3861


/kyan(g)/ [Atlantic; cf. DIE can used for Std. E. do or will, esp. in negative; also Liberian (d'Azevedo 8)] negator, often equivalent to standard Eng. don't or won't: I can't get de basket off my head ... He kyan' come off (Parsons 26). That old kaprang he call he bicycle can't worth nothing (Nassau). (Gen.)

can't be phr. of course ... not: "Tide too low to go out." "Can't be—was high enough yesterday" (Nassau). (Gen.)

Tags: modal, negator, phrase

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Last update: 2010-12-08 02:10
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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