Datapoint Kriol/Order of demonstrative and noun

Both the special adnominal demonstrative and the pronominal demonstrative can be used adnominally, usually preceding the head noun. The reverse order has been attested in the Victoria River District Variety (older generation), but as in Example 34, where the head noun is actually a Jaminjung word, this may be strongly influenced by the first language of the speakers.

Values

Demonstrative word precedes noun Frequency: 90.0%

Example 25-33:
Wat dijan mangarra?
Wat
what
dijan
prox:adj
mangarra?
plant.food
What’s this food (called)?
Example 25-36:
Mi bin groap dij kantri.
Mi
1sg
bin
pst
groap
grow.up
dij
prox
kantri.
country
I grew up in this country.
Example 25-35:
Thet kenggaru bin toktok.
Thet
dem
kenggaru
kangaroo
bin
pst
tok~tok.
red.talk
The kangaroo was talking.
Example 25-32:
Nunggubuyu-bala, dis blakbala im wokwok.
Nunggubuyu-bala,
Nunggubuyu-adj
dis
prox
blakbala
Aboriginal.person
im
3sg
wok~wok.
red.walk
This Nunggubuyu person, this Aboriginal person he walks.

Source: Nicholls 2006: 2

Example 25-37:
Buji ai ani girrim dijan eig.
Buji
cond
ai
1sg
ani
only
girr-im
get-tr
dijan
prox:adj
eig.
egg
If I only take this egg [...]

Source: Sandefur & Sandefur 1982: 65

Example 25-38:
Imin luk dis lilwan einjul bin wok from Maternity Ward raitap la Ward Thrri.
Im=in
3sg=pst
luk
look
dis
prox
lil-wan
little-adj
einjul
angel
bin
pst
wok
walk
from
from
Maternity
Maternity
Ward
Ward
raitap
right.up
la
loc
Ward
Ward
Thrri.
Three.
She saw this little angel walk from the Maternity Ward right up to Ward Three.

Source: Angelo et al. 1998a

Example 25-20:
dis bigwan mangki
dis
prox
big-wan
big-adj
mangki
monkey
this big monkey

Source: Hudson 1985: 48

Confidence:
Very certain

Demonstrative word follows noun Frequency: 10.0%

Example 25-34:
Juwud [...] mibala kolim mangarra dijan, juwud.
Juwud
eye/seed
[...]
[...]
mibala
1pl.excl
kol-im
call-tr
mangarra
plant_food
dijan,
prox:adj
juwud.
eye/seed
"Seed“ [...] we call this edible plant (part), "seed“.
Confidence:
Uncertain