Datapoint Santome/Order of adjective and noun

Adjectives usually occur in postnominal position and do not inflect. There are, however, a few adjectives that obligatorily precede the noun, such as bon 'good' and ma 'bad', in examples such as bon/ma afe ‘good/bad
faith’, bon/ma ngê ‘good/bad person’, bon/ma vijan ‘good/bad neighbour'. A few adjectives can occur in both prenominal and postnominal position, such as ve 'old', as in mwala ve 'old woman' and ve tlapu 'an old rag'.

Values

Modifying adjective follows noun Frequency: 90.0%

Example 35-5:

ũa soya glavi ku mwala glavi
ũa
a
soya
story
glavi
nice
ku
with
mwala
woman
glavi
pretty
a nice story with pretty women

Example 35-6:

Ê tê ũa bisu se vlêmê-vlêmê.
Ê
3sg
have
ũa
a
bisu
animal
se
dem
vlêmê~vlêmê.
red~red
It has this very red animal (on it).

Confidence:
Very certain

Modifying adjective precedes noun Frequency: 10.0%

Example 35-7:

bon afe vs. ma afe; bon ngê vs. ma ngê
bon
good
afe
faith
vs.
vs.
ma
bad
afe;
faith
bon
good
ngê
person
vs.
vs.
ma
bad
ngê
person
bona fide/mala fide; good/bad person

Confidence:
Very certain