Datapoint Diu Indo-Portuguese/Order of adjective and noun

In Diu Indo-Portuguese, the canonical position of an attributive adjective (or, to be precise, adjective phrase) is prenominal. The only element which intervenes in between the adjective and the noun, in our corpus, is the emphatic particle mem, which always occurs to the right of the constituent it governs.

Examples of postposed attributive adjectives are very rare. Example 11 is given here to illustrate this structure.

Values

Modifying adjective precedes noun Frequency: 90.0%

Example 39-8:
Ũ piken rat tiŋ vay nə del kamiŋ.
one
piken
small
rat
mouse
t-iŋ
ipfv-pst
vay
go.inf
loc
də-el
of-3sg
kamiŋ.
way
One small mouse was going about its way.

Source: Cardoso 2009: 166

Example 39-10:
ikəl finfin pɛd
ikəl
dem
fin~fin
small~small
pɛd
stone
that very small stone

Source: Cardoso 2009: 122

Example 39-9:
Es raprig a fika ũ bunit muyɛr.
Es
dem
raprig
girl
a
irr.npst
fik-a
become-inf
one
bunit
beautiful
muyɛr.
woman
This girl will become a beautiful woman.

Source: Cardoso 2009: 169

Confidence:
Very certain

Modifying adjective follows noun Frequency: 10.0%

Example 39-11:
Dew rəkri dew, dəpəy dew kader, fugãw vɛy.
De-w
give-pst
rəkri
food.stall
de-w,
give-pst
dəpəy
then
de-w
give-pst
kader,
chair
fugãw
stove
vɛy.
old
[He] gave [me] the food stall, and also chairs, an old stove.

Source: Cardoso 2009: 166

Confidence:
Certain