Datapoint Singapore Bazaar Malay/Position of definite article in the noun phrase

In Bazaar Malay, demonstratives ini 'this/these' and itu 'that/those' are used as definite articles. The use of Malay nya, the clitic which is the third person pronoun, as a definite article is not observed in Bazaar Malay.

Values

Definite article is preposed Frequency: 70.0%

Example 67-25:
Lagi sekarang tak ada kerja ah tengok itu cucu tak apa-apa la.
Lagi
more
sekarang
now
tak
neg
ada
exist
kerja
work
ah
pcl
tengok
look.at
itu
dem
cucu
grandchild
tak
neg
apa~apa
what~what
la.
emph
Now that I am not working, taking care of the grandchild is nothing.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 77

Example 67-26:
Jadi ini katak manyak lawan ah.
Jadi
well
ini
dem
katak
frog
manyak
many
lawan
attack
ah.
emph
Well, this frog is very aggressive.

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 77

Confidence:
Certain

Definite article is postposed Frequency: 30.0%

Example 67-27:
Dia sotong tanya sotong ini satu kilo berapa?
Dia
3sg
sotong
cuttlefish
tanya
ask
sotong
cuttlefish
ini
dem
satu
one
kilo
kilo
berapa?
how.many/how.much
"The cuttlefish," [I] asked, “How much is a kilo of this cuttlefish?"

Source: Khin Khin Aye 2005: 111

Confidence:
Certain