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  1. Newbie
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    Deictic elements Vs non-deictic elements

    Hi. I would like to know the decisive feature that differentiates the deictic elements from the non-deictic ones.

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    Re: Deictic elements Vs non-deictic elements

    A deictic element is one that derives its meaning from the context. A good example is a pronoun which has no real meaning without a referent.

    I met Jim yesterday. I saw him at Joe's bar.

    In those sentences "him" derives its meaning from "Jim".

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