Datapoint Belizean Creole/Distance contrasts in demonstratives

Although dis and dat both occur (but dis is relatively rare), they are equivalent, so there is generally no distance contrast. Another demonstrative is dem.

Values

No distance contrast

Example 9-65:
ʃel gya Jimi di kantrak fu to dis baadj. Jimi respansibl fu de to dat kras.
ʃel
Shell
gya
give
Jimi
Jimi
di
the
kantrak
contract
fu
to
to
tow
dis
this
baadj.
barge
Jimi
Jimi
respansibl
responsible
fu
for
de
prog
to
tow
dat
that
kras.
across
Shell hired Jimmy to tow this barge. Jimmy was responsible for towing it across.

Source: Escure's 1992 materials

Example 9-66:
Dat tiŋ we de pan yu nɛk dat a no blak koral?
Dat
that
tiŋ
thing
we
rel
de
prog
pan
upon
yu
your
nɛk
neck
dat
that
a
top
no
neg
blak
black
koral?
coral
Isn't it black coral that you are wearing on your neck?

Source: Escure's 1985 materials

Example 9-10:
A de taak bawt siywid dem.
A
1sg
de
prog
taak
talk
bawt
about
siywid
seaweed
dem.
them
I am talking about those types of seaweed (that you know of).

Source: Escure 1983a: 35

Confidence:
Certain