deixis

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δεῖξις (deîksis, pointing,” “indicating,” “reference), from δείκνυμι (deíknumi, I show).

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deixis (plural deixes)

  1. (linguistics) A reference within a sentence that relies on the context being known to interpret correctly.
    The use of pronouns relies on a deixis to correctly interpret them.
Examples

I am talking to you. - (person deixis)
That was then, this is now. - (temporal deixis)
Bring it from here to there. - (locative deixis)

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  • (with regards to type of information needed to understand a reference): homophora

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Verb[edit]

deixis

  1. second-person singular present subjunctive form of deixar