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indexical

Syllabification: in·dex·i·cal
Pronunciation: /inˈdeksikəl
 
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Linguistics

Definition of indexical in English:

adjective

another term for deictic.

noun

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An indexical word or expression.
Example sentences
  • Therefore, proper names are semantically singular referring expressions, closely allied to indexicals, demonstratives, and singular descriptions.
  • The ‘this is’ form also reminds us that language itself is merely indexical, merely pointing without any privileged relation to comprehension.

Origin

early 20th century: coined in this sense by the American philosopher C. S. Peirce.

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