Datapoint Gurindji Kriol/Order of subject, object, and verb

The order of nominal arguments in Gurindji Kriol is predominantly SVO (87.6%), following the Kriol pattern. Word order is somewhat flexible. For example nominals which are discourse prominent are fronted. Where the subject appears post-verbally, it is almost always ergative-marked.

The subject-object pronouns always follow an SVO pattern, and can be interpreted as clitics.

Values

Subject-verb-object (SVO)

Example 72-1:
Jintaku karungku i bin gedim kengkaru mirlarrangyawung.
Jintaku
one
karu-ngku
child-erg
i
3sg.sbj
bin
pst
ged-im
shoot-tr
kengkaru
kangaroo
mirlarrang-yawung.
spear-com
One kid got the kangaroo with a spear.

Source: Meakins 2007: 283

Example 72-4:
Kajirringku im katim jawurt kengkaruyu.
Kajirri-ngku
woman-erg
im
3sg
kat-im
cut-tr
jawurt
tail
kengkaru-yu.
kangaroo-dat
The old woman chopped off the kangaroo's tail.

Source: Meakins 2007: 224

Confidence:
Very certain