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    deixis in pramatic

    Please, show me the reasons why using of deixis in communication is more ambiguious than using of reference.

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    Re: deixis in pramatic

    Hello Thao,

    show me the reasons why using of deixis in communication is more ambiguious than using of reference
    It seems to me that deixis is a kind of reference. However, it relies on some knowledge of the context in the addressee; whereas other kinds of reference may not.

    Thus the sentence

    1. I am going there now.

    is ambiguous unless the addressee knows the context (referents) for "I", "there", and "now".

    Cf.

    2. Thao from UsingEnglish.com is going to London on March 16th, 2009.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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