Datapoint Kriol/Order of degree word and adjective

Degree words precede property words in general. The degree word brabli 'properly, very' may either precede or follow the property word and may also be separated from it, while rili 'really' always precedes it. (All examples involve predicative adjectives.)

Values

Degree word precedes adjective Frequency: 70.0%

Example 25-63:
En thet melk yusdu kamat rili wait.
En
and
thet
dem
melk
milk
yusdu
hab
kam-at
come-out
rili
really
wait.
white
And the milk used to come out really white. (after treating new mothers in the traditional way)
Example 25-61:
Jad olgamen bin rili hepi na.
Jad
dem
olgamen
woman
bin
pst
rili
really
hepi
happy
na.
now
The woman was very happy then.

Source: Bennett 1986: 8

Example 25-66:
Aaaa dis brabli gudwan.
Aaaa
interj
dis
prox
brabli
really
gud-wan.
good-adj
Ah, this one is very good.

Source: Graber 1987: 13

Example 25-64:
Im brabli bigbala.
Im
3sg
brabli
very
big-bala.
big-adj2.
He is very big.

Source: Sandefur 1979: 167

Example 25-65:
Dijan kokiroj bin rili bigwan.
Dijan
prox:adj
kokiroj
cockroach
bin
pst
rili
really
big-wan.
big-adj
This cockroach was really big. OR: Once there was a big cockroach. (Original translation)

Source: Bennett 1986: 1

Confidence:
Certain

Degree word follows adjective Frequency: 30.0%

Example 25-62:
Dijan na, hadwan brabli.
Dijan
prox:adj
na,
now
had-wan
hard-adj
brabli.
properly
This one is really hard. (context: picture matching task)
Example 25-67:
Blanga yu but im dardibala brabli!
Blanga
dat/poss
yu
2sg
but
foot
im
3sg
dardi-bala
dirty-adj2
brabli!
properly
Your foot is very dirty!

Source: Sandefur & Sandefur 1982: 15

Example 25-68:
Im hanggri bla shuga brabli!
Im
3sg
hanggri
hungry
bla
dat/poss
shuga
sugar
brabli!
very
He [is/was] very hungry for sugar!

Source: Angelo et al. 1998a

Confidence:
Certain