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What is a proximal-distal dimension?

 

Definition
 

A proximal-distal dimension is a distinction in place deixis that indicates distance from the speaker or other deictic center.

Examples (English)
 

Here are some examples of words that indicate a proximal-distal dimension:

 
  • that
  • this
  • yonder
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of proximal-distal dimensions:
 
Source
 

Levinson 1983 81


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