Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Absolute Social Deixis

Definition: 

Absolute social deixis is deictic reference to some social characteristic of a referent (especially a person) apart from any relative ranking of referents.

Discussion: 

Often absolute social deixis is expressed in certain forms of address. The form of address will include no comparison of the ranking of the speaker and addressee; there will be only a simple reference to the absolute status of the addressee.

Examples: 

(English)

  • Mr. President
  • Your Honor
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