Datapoint Gurindji Kriol/Order of adjective and noun

In a majority of cases, the adjective precedes the noun in a noun phrase. Adjectives may also occur as a constituent in a discontinuous noun phrase. In these cases, another element in the sentence may intervene between the noun and adjective. The order of the adjective and noun is variable. It is not clear what drives this variation, but it is likely to be information structure.

Values

Modifying adjective precedes noun Frequency: 80.0%

Example 72-5:
Dat yapakayi karungku i bin gon gedimbat dat karu.
Dat
the
yapakayi
small
karu-ngku
child-erg
i
3sg.sbj
bin
pst
gon
go
ged-im-bat
get-tr-cont
det
the
karu.
child
The small kid goes to get the (other) kid.

Source: Meakins 2007: 363

Confidence:
Certain

Modifying adjective follows noun Frequency: 20.0%

Example 72-6:
Dat jimpiringkama i bin jik mawujimawuji yapakayi.
Dat
the
jimpiri-ngka-ma
hole-loc-top
i
3sg.sbj
bin
pst
jik
emerge
mawujimawuji
mouse
yapakayi.
small
Out of the hole emerged a little mouse.

Source: Meakins 2007: 457

Confidence:
Certain