Datapoint Cape Verdean Creole of Santiago/Order of degree word and adjective

Mutu 'very’ and más 'more' always precede the adjective they modify; the degree adverb dimás 'very/far too’ always follows it, e.g. spértu dimás 'extraordinarily clever’. Txeu 'very', when exceptionally determining an adjective, always follows it, but never immediately. Cf. in the examples mutu grándi (Example 163), but kontenti ku el txeu (Example 162).

Values

Degree word precedes adjective Frequency: 95.0%

Example 30-17:
[...] na kes árvis mutu grándi N ka ta subi n'el.
[...]
[...]
na=kes=árvi-s
in=dem.pl=tree-pl
mutu
very
grándi
high
N=ka=ta=subi
1sg=neg=ipfv=climb
n=el.
in=3sg
[...] I won't climb up on these very big trees.
German: [...] auf diese sehr großen Bäume werde ich nicht steigen.

Source: da Silva 1987: 143

Example 30-18:
Kel mós la ê más prigós ki xuxu!
Kel=mós
dem.sg=boy
la
there
ê
be
más
more
prigós
dangerous
ki=xuxu!
comp=devil
That young man there is more dangerous than the devil!
German: Der junge Mann dort ist gefährlicher als der Teufel!

Source: Lang 2002: s.v. prigós

Confidence:
Very certain

Degree word follows adjective Frequency: 5.0%

Example 30-16:
Mai di si maridu kontenti ku el txeu, [...].
Mai
mother
di=si=maridu
of=her=husband
kontenti
satisfied
ku=el
with=3sg
txeu,
very
[...].
[...]
Her husband's mother was very satified with her, [...].
German: Die Mutter ihres Mannes war sehr zufrieden mit ihr, [...].

Source: da Silva 1987: 41

Confidence:
Certain