Chapter 5. Demonstratives in Afrikaans and Cape Dutch Pidgin

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Afrikaans seems to have lost the Dutch independent demonstrative <i>dat</i> &#8216;that&#8217; as well as the pronoun <i>het</i> &#8216;it&#8217; and the attributive element <i>deze</i> &#8216;this, these&#8217;, while independent <i>dit</i> &#8216;this&#8217; seems to have taken over the functions of <i>dat</i> and <i>het</i> and while attributive <i>die</i> &#8216;that, those&#8217; has acquired a proximate reading (Afr. <i>di&#233; week</i> &#8216;this week&#8217;). In the present paper it is argued, however, that the weak pronoun <i>het</i> was bound to disappear anyway, that <i>dat</i> only underwent phonological change (so that <i>dat</i> and <i>dit</i> couldn&#8217;t be distinguished any longer) and that the changes in the system of attributive demonstratives are due to developments in Cape Dutch Pidgin.


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