Datapoint Chinese Pidgin English/Order of recipient and theme in ditransitive constructions

The order of objects is generally recipient before theme, as in English, but the reverse order (as in Cantonese) is also attested.
The theme or recipient may also be null, as in Cantonese (see examples 78, 79).

Values

Subject – verb – recipient – theme Frequency: 75.0%

Example 20-80:
刦急頓地士(口掗)打
Give captain thisee order.
Give
give
captain
captain
thisee
dem
order.
order
Give this order to the captain.

Source: Tong 1862: VI.64

Example 20-77:
㕭刦米温卑士利薛
You give my one piecee receipt.
You
2sg
give
give
my
1sg
one
art.indf
piecee
clf
receipt.
receipt
You give me a receipt.

Source: Tong 1862: VI.4

Example 20-78:
刼未
Give me.
Give
give
me.
1sg
Give it to me.

Source: Tong 1862: IV.46

Example 20-79:
刦買甘舖(竹+厘)文
Give my compliment.
Give
give
my
1sg.poss
compliment.
compliment
Give him my compliment.

Source: Tong 1862: IV.61

Confidence:
Very certain

Subject – verb – theme – recipient Frequency: 25.0%

Example 20-69:
沽厘合刦咧打希
Coolie hap give letter he.
Coolie
coolie
hap
pfv
give
give
letter
letter
he.
3sg
The coolie has given the letter to him.

Source: Tong 1862: VI.39

Example 20-81:
刦地士尺甘不多
Give thisee check compradore.
Give
give
thisee
dem
check
check
compradore.
compradore
Give this check to the compradore.

Source: Tong 1862: VI.16

Confidence:
Intermediate