I am doing my linguistic analysis report but got stuck with finding discourse deixis. In this conversation:

"A: And then because of the difficulties of getting public transport, if you're working after 11 o'clock we drive you home. B: Oh, that's good to know."

Is "that" here discourse deixis or just an anaphoric reference?

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    Well, what does "that" refer to? A previously referred to individual, or a piece of the preceding utterance? Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 12:22
  • I find it so confusing.
    – Tracy
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 15:13
  • a piece of preceding utterance seems to be what "that" refers to, in my opinion. So the answer for the usage of "that" would be discourse deixis, right?
    – Tracy
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 15:17
  • Yes, that's what I would suggest. Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 15:39
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    Usually a discourse deixis refers to a proposition (e.g. an information or an argument), whereas anaphora refers to a person or (concrete or abstract) object and is always coreferential with a noun phrase, its so-called antecedent (e.g. "John ... he", "a book" ... "this"). Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 15:41


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