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Demonstrative determiners
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The demonstrative determiners in Afrikaans consist of the demonstrative pronouns when these are used attributively. The proximal demonstrative is hierdie this/these, the distal demonstrative is daardie that/those, and dié is unspecified for distance. The distal demonstrative daardie has a shortened form daai, and there are other informal forms for both hierdie and daardie. Like other determiners, demonstratives can be preceded by predeterminers, and can be followed by numerals and adjectives, and ultimately nouns. Some uses of the demonstrative determiners are illustrated in (1). In (1a), the predeterminer 'n paar van a few of is followed by hierdie as determiner, and then the noun borde plates. In (1b), the NP starts with hierdie, followed by the degree modifier ultra, the adjective linkse left, and the noun uitkyk view. We see similar structures in (1c) and (1d) respectively. In (1e), the predeterminer enkele van few of is followed by the determiner dié, the adjective kort short, and the noun hoofstukkies chapter.DIM.PL. In (1f) the NP starts with the determiner, followed by an adjective and noun.

Example 1

a. 'n paar van hierdie borde
a few of these plates
a few of these plates
VivA-KPO
b. hierdie ultra linkse uitkyk
this ultra left view
this ultra left view
VivA-KPO
c. elkeen van daardie feeste
each of those festivals
each of those festivals
VivA-KPO
d. daardie vrotsige steil pad
that poor steep road
that poor, steep road
VivA-KPO
e. enkele van dié kort hoofstukkies
few of these/those short chapter.DIM.PL
each of these short chapters
VivA-KPO
f. dié klassieke boek
this/that classical book
that classical book
VivA-KPO
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More information on the attributive (determiner) use of demonstratives can be found by following the link: Demonstrative pronouns.

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