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What is empathetic deixis?



Empathetic deixis is the metaphorical use of deictic forms to indicate emotional or other psychological “distance” or “proximity” between a speaker and a referent.

Examples (English)
  • The use of this to indicate the speaker’s empathy
  • The use of that to indicate the speaker’s emotional distance

Levinson 1983 81

  Empathetic deixis is a kind of

Levinson 1983 81


Lyons 1977b 677

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