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Are there spoken languages that lack spatial deixis?

Just the converse of this question, really: are there any spoken languages that don't have distinct proximal and distal pronouns (or affixes)? (I limit it to spoken languages, because as this answer ...
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Please help me identify discourse deixis

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 ...
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Has Guugu Yimithirr acquired self-relative directional terms for use in modern contexts?

As discussed at https://www.languagetrainers.com.au/blog/2014/08/languages-that-dont-use-left-or-right/, Guugu Yimithirr, an Australian aboriginal language, is one of several languages that don't ...
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Deictic categories

Currently, I'm writing a thesis on deixis and I ran into trouble while dealing with some rather borderline cases in my corpus. I would appreciate your opinions on the utterances below. After, such as ...
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When an outsider describes family relationships, which point of view are they using?

You see a family in the park and you naturally list the members as "Mom, Dad, son, and daughter". But from whose perspective is this? "Mom" and "Dad" are identifiers as seen from the perspective of ...
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Do all pro-forms need to have antecedents?

Are all pro-forms the same in that they have to have antecedents and postcedents in the conversation to have any meaning? For example, the word "it" derives its meaning from a noun located either just ...
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Why is "then" deictic?

Then is mentioned as deictic in many papers but I couldn't find a sufficient explanation for that. Every example I could think of involves then acting as anaphora, but how decctic? If I say: I am ...
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Types of Deixis and Anaphoric and Endophoric references help?

So basically I have this text and it states: "Our study shows ..." While it only focused on ..., the findings are also thought to hold true for other ... It involved only college students, ....
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What is the functional or semantic distinction between proximate and obviative person deixis?

What is the functional or semantic distinction between proximate and obviative person deixis? From what I've read ... "Deixis is reference by means of an expression whose interpretation is ...
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Are there languages with other spatial deixis besides "here", "there" and "over there"?

When it comes to spatial deixis most languages seem to have either two or three distinctions: 2 | 3 English | Spanish Japanese -------------------------------- here | aquí / acá ...
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