Definition of Deixis

1. Noun. The function of pointing or specifying from the perspective of a participant in an act of speech or writing; aspects of a communication whose interpretation depends on knowledge of the context in which the communication occurs.

Generic synonyms: Semantics
Derivative terms: Deictic



Definition of Deixis

1. Noun. (linguistics) A reference within a sentence that relies on the context being known to interpret correctly. ¹

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Definition of Deixis

1. the specifying function of some words [n DEIXISES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deixis

deisheal
deisheals
deism
deisms
deist
deistic
deistical
deistically
deists
deiterospinal tract
deiters nucleus
deities
deity
deitylike
deixes
deixis (current term)
deixises
deja voulu
deja vu
deja vu phenomenon
deja vus
deject
dejected
dejectedly
dejectedness
dejectednesses
dejecter
dejecters
dejecting

Literary usage of Deixis

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1. The Universal Etymological English Dictionary:: Containing an Additional ...by Nathan Bailey by Nathan Bailey (1737)
"... to perform a Thing according to Abii EN'deixis L'bnfi^ic, Gr.] a ft: or dec! ring. ... plain Figure of Eleven Cides and An) EN'deixis ..."

2. An Introduction to the Study of Language by Leonard Bloomfield (1914)
"In the Scotch dialects of English three types of deixis occur: not only a 'here' and a 'there', but also a 'yonder', and not only a 'this' and a 'that', ..."

3. A Reference Grammar of Classical Tamil Poetry: 150 B.C.-pre-fifth/sixth by V. S. Rajam (1992)
"The qualities expressed by the adjectives are not only binary but also spectral: antiquity, innateness, badness, brightness, color, darkness, depth, deixis, ..."

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