Datapoint Ghanaian Pidgin English/Ordinal numerals

For 1 to 3, there is variation between ordinals derived from cardinal numbers and suppletive forms (borrowed from Standard English).
Nɔmba wan
is sometimes used as 'the first (and foremost)' or 'the biggest'.

Values

‘First’, ‘second’, or more are suppletive, the others are synchronically derived from cardinal numerals Frequency: 70.0%

Example 16-49:
dɛ ʧik si wã mà frɛn
art
ʧik
chick
si
see
wã
one
1sg.poss
frɛn
friend
The girl saw one of my friends.

Source: Huber 1999: 195

Example 16-50:
ì bì dɛ̀m dɛ fɛs we dè kam fɔ nima
ì
3sg
cop
dɛ̀m
3pl
art
fɛs
first
we
comp
3pl
kam
come
for
nima
Nima
They were the first who came to Nima.
Example 16-51:
afrika ɔl ì bì namba wan tif
afrika
Africa
ɔl
all
ì
3sg
cop
namba
number
wan
one
tif
thief
In the whole of Africa they are the greatest thieves.
Confidence:
Very certain

All ordinal numerals are synchronically derived from cardinal numerals Frequency: 30.0%

Example 16-52:
nɔmba wan, nɔmba tu, nɔmba trɛ
nɔmba
number
wan,
one
nɔmba
number
tu,
two
nɔmba
number
trɛ
three
first, second, third
Confidence:
Very certain