Datapoint Yimas-Arafundi Pidgin/Order of subject, object, and verb

Clauses with both arguments overt are very rare and many examples contain pronouns rather than full nouns. When one of the arguments is realized by a pronoun, VO order (as opposed to OV) is possible but rare:

wut kandək mənda kra-nan taŋgut mən
night OBL and.then cut-NONFUT rope that
'Then at night they cut the rope.'

No SVO examples were found with both subject and object realized as full nouns.

Values

Object-subject-verb (OSV) Frequency: 70.0%

Example 69-2:
nuŋgum paymban awkurambi [...]
nuŋgum
man
paymban
eagle
awkura-mbi
take-dep
[...]
[...]
The eagle took the man and [...].
Confidence:
Very certain

Subject-object-verb (SOV) Frequency: 30.0%

Example 69-45:
aykum mən mambi man kuraŋ awtɲan
aykum
woman
mən
3sg
mambi
again
man
other
kuraŋ
coconut
awt-ɲan
take-nonfut
The woman again took a coconut.
Example 69-1:
mən ama namban kratəkənan
mən
3sg
ama
1sg
namban
dat
kratəkə-nan
hit-nonfut
He hit me.
Confidence:
Very certain