Datapoint Early Sranan/Position of definite article in the noun phrase

The forms da and den — glossed as DET.SG and DET.PL respectively — may function as demonstratives as well as as definite articles (cf. Feature 28 "Definite articles").

Values

Definite article is preposed

Example 1-34:
Fulu da tobbo nanga watra teh na muffe.
Furu
fill
da
det.sg
tobo
tub
nanga
with
watra
water
te
until
na
loc
mofo.
mouth
Fill the tub with water up to the rim.
German: Fülle das Fass mit Wasser bis oben an, gestrichen voll. [op.cit.]

Source: Schumann 1783: 46

Example 1-33:
Dem tu brara no lukku dem tatta.
Den
det.pl
tu
two
brara
brother
no
neg
luku
look.after
den
3pl
tata.
father
The/those two brothers don't take care of their father.
German: Die 2 Gebrüder bekümmern sich nicht um ihren Vater. [op.cit.]

Source: Schumann 1783: 29

Confidence:
Very certain