Datapoint Gurindji Kriol/Order of possessor and possessum

Possessive constructions are ordered possessor-possessum in most cases. However, the reverse is also found, which reflects the freer word order of one of Gurindji Kriol's source languages, Gurindji.

Values

Possessor-possessum Frequency: 90.0%

Example 72-64:
Wartarra i bin kirt det ngakparnku hawuj.
Wartarra
goodness
i
3sg
bin
pst
kirt
break
det
the
ngakparn-ku
frog-dat
hawuj.
home
Goodness me, he broke the frog's home (the bottle).

Source: ACLA database 2003-2006

Example 72-3:
LD an Shadow bin jidan LDtu rumta.
LD
LD
an
and
Shadow
Shadow
bin
pst
jidan
sit
LD-tu
LD-dat
rum-ta.
room-loc
LD and Shadow were sitting in LD's room.

Source: Meakins 2007: 212

Confidence:
Very certain

Possessum-possessor Frequency: 10.0%

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