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What is third person deixis?

 

Definition
 

Third person deixis is deictic reference to a referent(s) not identified as the speaker or addressee.

Examples (English)
 
  • he
  • she
  • they
  • the third person singular verb suffix -s

    He sometimes flies.

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

Crystal 1980 263

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 168

 

Mish 1991 1227

 

Levinson 1983 62

 

Anderson, S. and Keenan 1985 261–262

 

Fleming 1988 322


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