Distance marking (Synja Khanty)

2DC: Demonstrative pronouns display a two-way distance contrast (near and far).

(1) tami ‘this’

(2) tumi ‘that’

(3) śit ‘this, that’

(Onina 2009: 31)

Synja Khanty has only proximal (tami) and distal (tumi) demonstrative pronouns (Honti 1984: 74–75). The third demonstrative śit can express proximal and distal distances, but its main function is to code coreferential relations in discourse.


Nikolett F. Gulyás