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Deixis in Linguistics and Poetics

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Author(s): Nancy Felson | Jared Klein
Abstract 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 can offer audiences and readers a vivid here-and-now experience and can first situate, …
Date: 2013-11-01