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deictic Line breaks: deic|tic
Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪktɪk/

Definition of deictic in English:


Relating to or denoting a word or expression whose meaning is dependent on the context in which it is used (such as here, you, me, that one there, or next Tuesday). Also called indexical.
Example sentences
  • In these ‘referential’ uses, it is replaceable by the deictic pronouns this and that (This is red, That is possible).
  • In acts of deictic reference, speakers integrate schematic with local knowledge.
  • Action signs, like vocal signs also take part in deictic (space/time) reference, indexicality and performativity.


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A deictic word or expression.
Example sentences
  • The deictics in are introduced by ‘here’ or ‘there’ and serve to direct the hearer's attention to an entity currently in the speaker's perceptual field.
  • Not surprisingly, there's a predominant use of deictics throughout the text, ‘now’ ‘here’ ‘I’, a device used here to confirm, the congruence of the writer with the time and place of writing.
  • They center in the words ‘tangent’, ‘quiet’, ‘evidence’, the notable enjambment at the end of the line group, and the deictics ‘Here’ and ‘there’.


Example sentences
  • One simple solution might be to incorporate deictically oriented directional predicates into hierarchy above to derive a new one.
  • The picture which emerges is one in which processes denoted by constituents in the verb phrase are all deictically referred to the initial action of attention associated with subject position.
  • The ‘s-evk’ coding indicates that the speaker is using a lexical subject to refer to something deictically.


Early 19th century: from Greek deiktikos, deiktos 'capable of proof', from deiknunai 'to show'.

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