Datapoint Bislama/Order of relative clause and noun

Propositional/clausal information modifying a noun may be introduced in a subordinate clause or it may be expressed through parataxis (sentences juxtaposed), e.g. My friends bought the house that I told you about OR My friends bought the house. I told you about (it/the house/Ø).
Postposed position is the norm/default if a relative clause is used at all. One can also construct sentences like this Example 12, which are similar to correlative relatives, but they are discursively highly marked. They suggest a discourse focus reading, e.g. the head of the relative is a topic or is being emphasized for some reason.

Values

Relative clause follows noun

Example 23-11:
from hem i wan pikinini we hem i no save hangri
from
because
hem
3sg
i
agr
wan
indf.art
pikinini
child
we
rel
hem
3sg
i
agr
no
neg
save
hab
hangri
hungry
because he's a child who doesn't feel hungry [but then gets headaches if he hasn't eaten]

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-12:
woman we hem i aot finis, hem i pem buk ia
woman
woman
we
rel
hem
3sg
i
agr
aot
out
finis,
compl
hem
3sg
i
agr
pem
buy
buk
book
ia
def
The woman who left already, she bought that book.
Confidence:
Very certain