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

Adverbials like ala ten ‘always’, noiti ‘never’ etc. tend to be placed in clause-initial position, not necessarily immediately before the verb.

Values

Adverb – verb – object Frequency: 50.0%

Example 2-35:
Fa ai kon dati alaten yu e kon lati na wroko.
Fa
how
a
it
e
ipfv
kon
come
dati
that
alaten
always
yu
2sg
e
ipfv
kon
come
lati
late
na
loc
wroko.
work
How is it that you always come late to work?

Source: Wilner 1992: 3

Example 2-38:
Ala yuru a man disi e kon tanteri mi.
Ala
all
yuru
time
a
the.sg
man
man
disi
dem
e
ipfv
kon
come
tanteri
bother
mi.
1sg
This man comes and bothers me all the time.

Source: Sranan Tongo-English online Interactive Dictionary1998-1999

Confidence:
Certain

Verb – object – adverb Frequency: 50.0%

Example 2-36:
Mi bari en nofrotron fu no waka nanga den boi dati.
Mi
1sg
bari
warn
en
3sg
nofrotron
often
fu
for
no
neg
waka
walk
nanga
with
den
the.pl
boi
boy
dati.
dem
I warned him often not to hang around with those boys.

Source: Sranan Tongo-English online Interactive Dictionary1998-1999

Example 2-37:
Mi bari a pikin nofrotron fu no waka nanga den boi dati.
Mi
1sg
bari
warn
a
the.sg
pikin
child
nofrotron
often
fu
for
no
neg
waka
walk
nanga
with
den
the.pl
boi
boy
dati.
dem
I warned the child often not to hang around with those boys.
Confidence:
Certain