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1. Definition

The term ‘deixis’ (also deictic expressions or shifters) indicates a group of linguistic elements attested in all languages, whose meaning necessarily implies a return to the uttering act in order to find a particular referent. ‘Deixis’ is a borrowing from Ancient Greek, which originally signified ‘the action of showing’. In fact, deixis draws the attention of the interlocutor(s) to a referent that is present in the situation of com…

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Mihai Dat, “Deixis”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0080>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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