Datapoint Kriol/Distance contrasts in demonstratives

The pronominal demonstratives display a proximal/distal contrast (dijan 'PROX', tharran~jarran~jadan 'DIST' and correspondingly for the plural forms). In adnominal use only the proximal form dij has a spatial deictic value; the form corresponding to the pronominal distal form, thet~jet~det has the functions of a textdeictic demonstrative pronoun and a recognitional/definite article (see Features 28 "Definite articles" and 32 "Pronominal and adnominal demonstratives").

Values

Two-way contrast

Example 25-185:
Jalgbirriny, thet rait hen said.
Jalgbirriny,
right.side
thet
dem
rait
right
hen
hand
said.
side
Jalgbirriny, that [means] right hand side.
Example 25-81:
Hu dijan im kaminap? – Rong pleis im go jet gardiya!
Hu
who
dijan
prox:adj
im
3sg
kam-in-ap?
come-prog2-up
Rong
wrong
pleis
place
im
3sg
go
go
jet
dem
gardiya!
non.Aboriginal
Who's this coming? – He's going to the wrong place, the white person!
Example 25-183:
Yuno wot kain dij G.
Yuno
you_know
wot
what
kain
kind
dij
prox
G.
G.
You know what kind (of person) this G. is. (In the context: He's the kind of person who always gets frightened.)
Example 25-184:
Im ken tok tharran tu, wen im kamap.
Im
3sg
ken
can
tok
talk
tharran
dist:adj
tu,
too
wen
when
im
3sg
kamap.
come
He can talk too, that one, when he comes.
Example 25-16:
Dijan bin oldei killim bigwan goana gibit langa im na.
Dijan
prox:adj
bin
pst
oldei
always
kill-im
kill-tr
big-wan
big-adj
goana
goanna
gib-it
give-tr
langa
loc
im
3sg
na.
now
This one always killed big goannas and gave them to her then.
Confidence:
Certain