Datapoint Afrikaans/Order of frequency adverb, verb, and object

If an adverb precedes an animate object, there is a tendency to mark the object with the adpositional element vir (cf. Molnárfi 1999).
Afrikaans has SOV + V2 word order. So in adverb-initial main clauses, the adverb precedes the verb (V). In subject-initial main clauses, by contrast, it follows the verb if V is in second position; in the presence of an auxiliary, the adverb will, however, precede the V as V will be located string-finally in this case (i.e. S-AUX-Adv-O-V). In subordinate clauses, the adverb always precedes the V (S-Adv-O-V-Aux).

Values

Adverb – object – verb Frequency: 25.0%

Example 29-20:

omdat Marie dikwels vir Piet soen
omdat
because
Marie
Mary
dikwels
often
vir
obj.marker
Piet
Pete
soen
kisses
because Mary often kisses Pete

Confidence:
Very certain

Object – adverb – verb Frequency: 25.0%

Example 29-19:

omdat Marie Piet dikwels soen
omdat
because
Marie
Mary
Piet
Pete
dikwels
often
soen
kisses
because Mary often kisses Pete

Confidence:
Very certain

Verb – adverb – object Frequency: 25.0%

Example 29-17:

Marie soen dikwels (vir) Piet.
Marie
Mary
soen
kisses
dikwels
often
(vir)
(obj.marker)
Piet.
Pete
Mary often kisses Pete.

Confidence:
Very certain

Verb – object – adverb Frequency: 25.0%

Example 29-18:

Marie soen Piet dikwels.
Marie
Mary
soen
kisses
Piet
Pete
dikwels.
often
Mary often kisses Pete.

Confidence:
Very certain