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Deixis in Linguistics and Poetics
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The term ‘deixis’ refers to the linguistic role of situating a referent or action in time and space. The deixis-bearing parts of speech are pronouns, adverbs, and verbs. Pronominal deixis is often associated with the three persons of conversational discourse: first person (proximal deixis), third person (distal deixis), and second person (intermediate deixis).  Poetic manipulations of deictic systems …

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Nancy Felson and Jared Klein, “Deixis in Linguistics and Poetics”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000090>
First published online: 2013

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