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What is symbolic usage?



Symbolic usage is the use of a deictic expression in such a way that its interpretation depends only on general knowledge of the extralinguistic situation, rather than on physical (visual, and so forth) monitoring of it.

Examples (English)
  • This city is really beautiful.
  • We can’t afford a holiday this year.

Levinson 1983 65

See also

What is gestural usage?


Fillmore 1975 40


Levinson 1983 65

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