In English, the normal syntactic pattern is for adjectives to come before the noun they modify: "green dog", "loud motorcycle", etc. occasionally English *does* allow noun-adjective word order, but it is very marked, and mostly restricted to poetic or legal usage: "punishment divine", "the light fantastic", "time immemorial", etc. I learned that an attorney general was a type of attorney and not a type of general after I graduated high school and I am a native English speaker, and I would pluralize it as "attorney generals" not "attorneys general" without specific education otherwise.
The source of many of these constructions seems to be from other European languages that do have regular noun-adjective word order. specifically, English gets a lot of legal vocabulary from old French, which is where "attorney general" comes from, as well as other constructions like "court martial" (although, again, I want to analyze that as a single compound noun, pluralize it as "courtmartials", etc.). nonetheless, clearly noun-adjective word order is a syntactic phenomenon that occurs in English, albeit a marked one.
I'm specifically curious about other languages, and what kinds of variation in noun-adjective order they have. I know that in spanish there are cases when an adjective comes before its noun even though the unmarked order is the opposite: El Gran Silencio, etc. In Latin both types of adjective order were acceptable, and Latin poetry did all kinds of things with word order for the sake of meter. So at least some languages are like English in having one unmarked order and one marked one. On the other hand, I don't think Japanese allows an inverted noun-adjective order at all, something like *hana akai would be illegitimate even poetically as far as I am aware.
So mostly I'm curious about what sorts of cross-linguistic variation people are aware of with regard to allowing or disallowing marked noun-adjective word order.
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