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What is discourse deixis?

 

Definition
 

Discourse deixis is deictic reference to a portion of a discourse relative to the speaker's current “location” in the discourse.

Examples (English)
 
  • Use of this to refer to a story one is about to tell in:

  • I bet you haven’t heard this story.
  • Reference to Chapter 7 of a book by means of in the next chapter or in the previous chapter, depending on whether the reference is made from Chapter 6 or 8.

  • Use of this in a creaky-voiced utterance of:

  • This is what phoneticians call a creaky voice.
 
Source:

Levinson 1983 63, 85

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of discourse deixis:
 
Generic
  Discourse deixis is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Levinson 1983 62–63, 85, 89

 

Lyons 1977b 667–668


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