Datapoint Kriol/Order of cardinal numeral and noun

Generally, numerals precede the noun. At least in the varieties spoken in Katherine and in the Victoria River District, the numeral 'two' is also found following the noun (and it appears that it is prosodically integrated with the noun). In this case it can either be analyzed as a straightforward dual marker, or as a dual marker in an inclusory construction. In the latter case, the combination does not mean e.g. "two X" but "X and someone else". The inclusory interpretation can however also apply to a noun phrase with the nominal 'two' in prenominal position.

Values

Numeral precedes noun Frequency: 70.0%

Example 25-40:

Tubala olmen bin lisen langa tubala na.
Tubala
two
olmen
men
bin
pst
lisen
listen
langa
loc
tubala
3du
na.
now
The two men listened to the two (kangaroos) then.

Example 25-42:

Teikim Nawurla tu, jet tubala Nangari ken luk ani laik thet from haiwei.
Teik-im
take-tr
Nawurla
Nawurla
tu,
too
jet
dem
tubala
two
Nangari
Nangari
ken
can
luk
see
ani
just
laik
like
thet
dem
from
from
haiwei.
highway
Take Nawurla too, those two, Nangari and her, will be able to see it just like that from the highway. (Context: looking for a particular plant)

Example 25-43:

Bat au fatha bin telim "na yu kan teikimbek this tu kid".
Bat
but
au
1pl.poss
fatha
father
bin
pst
tel-im
tell-tr
"na
no
yu
2sg
kan
can.neg
teik-im-bek
take-tr-back
this
prox
tu
two
kid".
child
But our father told him "no you can't take back these two kids".

Example 25-44:

fo waif
fo
four
waif
wife
four wives

Example 25-45:

Fes yu garra putim detlat faib ting la yu finga [...].
Fes
first
yu
2sg
garra
fut/oblig
put-im
put-tr
det-lat
dem-pl
faib
five
ting
thing
la
loc
yu
2sg
finga
finger
[...].
[...]
First you have to put those five things in your hand [...].

Source: Hudson 1985: 30

Example 25-46:

Sambala elikopta bin bajimap lilbit daga, maidi tu, thri deis [...] leita.
Sam-bala
some-adj2
elikopta
helicopter
bin
pst
bajimap
bring:tr
lilbit
little.bit
daga,
food
maidi
maybe
tu,
two
thri
three
dei-s
day-pl
[...]
[...]
leita.
later
Some helicopters brought a little bit of food, maybe two [or] three days later.

Source: Angelo et al. 1998a

Example 25-47:

En ai bin kambek garra det dupala fish la dinakemp.
En
and
ai
1sg
bin
pst
kam-bek
come-back
garra
com/ins
det
dem
dupala
two
fish
fish
la
loc
dina-kemp.
dinner-camp
And I came back with the two fish to the picnic spot.

Source: Hudson 1985: 74

Confidence:
Very certain

Numeral follows noun Frequency: 30.0%

Example 25-39:

Tubala bin goawei na, kenggaru tubala.
Tubala
3du
bin
pst
goawei
go_away
na,
now
kenggaru
kangaroo
tubala.
two
The two went away then, the two kangaroos.

Example 25-41:

Olman Dadi bin tok la im, G. tubala [...].
Olman
old.man
Dadi
Daddy
bin
pst
tok
talk
la
loc
im,
3sg
G.
G.
tubala
two
[...].
[...]
The old man, Daddy, said to him, [to] G. and the other one [...].

Example 25-48:

Thad wanim na, jei gula dubala, Y. en J. [...] J. dubala.
Thad
dem
wanim
what's.it
na,
now
jei
3pl
gula
call
dubala,
3du
Y.
Y.
en
and
J.
J.
[...]
[...]
J.
J.
dubala.
two
What's-their-name, they call the two, Y. and J., [...] J. and his brother.

Source: Angelo et al. 1998b

Confidence:
Certain