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What is a deictic center?

 

Definition
 

A deictic center is a reference point in relation to which a deictic expression is to be interpreted.

Discussion
 

The deictic center is most typically the present time, location, participant role, and so forth of the speaker.

Examples (English)
 
  • In the following example, the speaker, the actual location and the actual time of the utterance are, respectively, the deictic centers for the interpretation of I, here, and now:

  • I’m over here now.
  • Sources
     

    Fillmore 1975 83–85

     

    Denny 1978 73


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