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Deixis is introduced to handle the 'orientational' features of language which are relative to the time and place of utterance.


(i) personal pronouns: I, you, he, etc.

(ii) adverbials of place and time: here, there; now, then


Deixis is merely the Greek word for 'pointing' or 'indicating'.

Other languages

German Deixis (de) Chinese 指示语


Lyons, John. 1968. Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.