Chapter 5. Demonstratives in Afrikaans and Cape Dutch Pidgin
Afrikaans seems to have lost the Dutch independent demonstrative <i>dat</i> ‘that’ as well as the pronoun <i>het</i> ‘it’ and the attributive element <i>deze</i> ‘this, these’, while independent <i>dit</i> ‘this’ seems to have taken over the functions of <i>dat</i> and <i>het</i> and while attributive <i>die</i> ‘that, those’ has acquired a proximate reading (Afr. <i>dié week</i> ‘this week’). 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’t be distinguished any longer) and that the changes in the system of attributive demonstratives are due to developments in Cape Dutch Pidgin.