Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Discourse Deixis

Definition: 

Discourse deixis is deictic reference to a portion of a discourse relative to the speaker's current “location” in the discourse.

Examples: 

(English)

Use of this to refer to a story one is about to tell in:

  • I bet you haven’t heard this story.
  • Reference to Chapter 7 of a book by means of in the next chapter or in the previous chapter, depending on whether the reference is made from Chapter 6 or 8.

    Use of this in a creaky-voiced utterance of:

  • This is what phoneticians call a creaky voice.
  • Source: 
    62–63, 85, 89
    667-668