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What is person deixis?

 

Definition
 

Person deixis is deictic reference to the participant role of a referent, such as

 
  • the speaker
  • the addressee, and
  • referents which are neither speaker nor addressee.
Discussion
 

Person deixis is commonly expressed by the following kinds of constituents:

 
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of person deixis:
 
Generic
  Person deixis is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Levinson 1983 62

 

Crystal 1980 263

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 168

 

Mish 1991 877


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