Datapoint Bislama/Order of adjective and noun

Value 1: This is the default, most common, pattern.
Value 2: There is only a closed class of adjectives which may occur after the head N, they include nogud ('bad'), nating ('useless', though see detailed discussion of rum nating in examples), and place of origin, (wo)man Malo ('Malo [wo]man').

Values

Modifying adjective precedes noun Frequency: 75.0%

Example 23-3:
i openem longfala maot ya blong hem ya
i
agr
openem
open
longfala
long
maot
mouth
ya
def
blong
poss
hem
3sg
ya
def
[He] opens his long beak

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Confidence:
Very certain

Modifying adjective follows noun Frequency: 25.0%

Example 23-4:
antap ia, hem i rum nating
antap
on.top
ia,
def
hem
3sg
i
agr
rum
room
nating
nothing
The room up there isn't used for anything.
Example 23-5:
Ol man Saot oli klapem han mo prudprud long leg wetem singsing blong danis.
Ol
pl
man
man
Saot
south
oli
agr
klapem
clap
han
hand
mo
and
prud~prud
red.stamp
long
prep
leg
leg
wetem
with
singsing
song
blong
poss
danis.
dance
Southern people clap their hand and stamp their feet in time with the dance's song.

Source: Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta signage

Confidence:
Very certain