Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Order of degree word and adjective

Only Deg+Adj is possible for prenominal APs. In contrast, the Adj+Deg order seems to be available for predicate adjective phrases, witness the example cited here. I could not, however, locate any other examples of this pattern. It is worth noting that verbal predicates only allow the Verb+Deg order, and that elicited judgements show clearly that verbal use of adjectives (as evidenced by the presence of inflection) conform to normal verb behaviour in this regard. This suggests that the one Adj+Deg case cited here represents an error, or idiosyncratic use of droko 'dry' as a verb by the speaker in question.

Values

Degree word precedes adjective Frequency: 90.0%

Example 28-15:
di kosuwapu di astwɛlɛ hogo
di
the
kosu-apu
fever-pl
di
dem
astwɛlɛ
too.much
hogo
high
These fevers are too high (to be treated).

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 560

Example 28-17:
ori mjatɛ ʃi selfu atwɛlɛ skrewn
ori
3sg
mja-tɛ
make-pfv
ʃi
3sg.poss
selfu
self
astwɛlɛ
too.much
skrewn
greedy
He made himself much too greedy.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 355

Example 28-18:
o kriktɛ en moi gu goto
o
3sg
kriki-tɛ
get-pfv
en
one
moi
good
gu
big
goto
trench
He got to a fairly big trench.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 254

Confidence:
Very certain

Degree word follows adjective Frequency: 10.0%

Example 28-16:
di plɛkɛ droko astwɛlɛ
di
the
plɛkɛ
place
droko
dry
astwɛlɛ
too.much
The field is far too dry (for anything to grow there).

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 560

Confidence:
Uncertain