Datapoint Diu Indo-Portuguese/Distance contrasts in demonstratives

Diu Indo-Portuguese differs considerably from its main lexifier language, Portuguese, with respect to the number of distance contrasts enforced in their demonstrative paradigms. The deictic space - which manifests itself in demonstratives as well as deictic locative adverbs - is organised with reference to the speech participants in a tripartite way in Portuguese (close to speaker + close to interlocutor + away from speaker/interlocutor), and a in bipartite way in Diu Indo-Portuguese (close to speaker + away from speaker). As far as demonstratives are concerned, then, Diu Indo-Portuguese distinguishes solely between the proximal es 'this' and the distal ikəl 'that'.

Values

Two-way contrast

Example 39-70:
Aki aki, nə es igrej.
Aki
here
aki,
here
loc
es
prox
igrej.
church
Right here, in this church.

Source: Cardoso 2009: 126

Example 39-68:
Ikəl blue colour kaz nã tə apərse?
Ikəl
dist
<blue
blue
colour>
colour
kaz
house
neg
ipfv.npst
apərs-e?
show-inf
Do you see that blue house over there (lit. Isn't that blue colour house showing)?

Source: Cardoso 2004-2008

Confidence:
Very certain