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What is social deixis?

 

Definition
 

Social deixis is reference to the social characteristics of, or distinctions between, the participants or referents in a speech event.

Example
 
  • The distinction, found in many Indo-European languages, between familiar and polite second person pronouns is an expression of social deixis .
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of social deixis:
     
    Generic
      Social deixis is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Levinson 1983 63, 93

     

    Fillmore 1975 76


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