Definition of deictic in English:

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deictic

Pronunciation: /ˈdīktik/
Linguistics

adjective

Relating to or denoting a word or expression whose meaning is dependent on the context in which it is used, e.g., 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.

noun

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’.

Derivatives

deictically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek deiktikos, deiktos 'demonstrative'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: deic·tic

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