When disi appears postnominally (as it does increasingly over time), it cooccurs with a prenominal definite article; the same applies to the single 18th-century instance of adnominal dati.
When disi appears prenominally, it does not cooccur with a definite article.
Value 3: The determiners da (SG) and den (PL) function as definite articles and as adnominal demonstratives in Early Sranan.
In the latter function, they have a deictic value similar to dati, which is not used adnominally for most of the 18th century. When disi and dati appear after the noun and coocur with da or den, the latter are articles. Over time, these forms lost their demonstrative value, concurrent with the rise of adnominal dati.
Source: van Dyk ca. 1765: 91
Source: van Dyk ca. 1765: 79
Source: Weygandt 1798: 122
Source: van Dyk ca. 1765: 87
Source: Weygandt 1798: 140
Source: Schumann 1781: 158
Source: Schumann 1783: 32