Datapoint Bislama/Order of degree word and adjective

To my knowledge, only veri 'very' precedes adjectives. The use of veri rather than tumas may be related to proficiency in English. Research is needed on this question.

Values

Degree word follows adjective Frequency: 90.0%

Example 23-13:
ol nes oli bisi tumas
ol
pl
nes
nurse
oli
agr
bisi
busy
tumas
too.much
The nurses were all too busy.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-14:
Saes blong wharf bae i bigwan lelebet long hemia we i stap naoia.
Saes
size
blong
poss
wharf
wharf
bae
irr
i
agr
bigwan
big
lelebet
little.bit
long
to
hemia
3sg.def
we
rel
i
agr
stap
stay
naoia.
now.def
The size of the wharf will be a bit bigger than the current one.
Confidence:
Very certain

Degree word precedes adjective Frequency: 10.0%

Example 23-15:
Hem i shoem veri klia ol genuine konsern blong olgeta.
Hem
3sg
i
agr
shoem
show
veri
very
klia
clear
ol
pl
genuine
genuine
konsern
concern
blong
poss
olgeta.
3pl
This shows very clearly their genuine concerns.

Source: Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire

Confidence:
Very certain