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The noun deixis, pronounced 'DIKE-sis' IPA: /ˈdaɪk si (or ə)s/, is a technical term in linguistics and grammar. It means the 'pointing' function in language, and places the thing being spoken of in relation to the speaker, or some other thing or person. The adjective is deictic ('DIKE-tic', /ˈdaɪk tik/.)Some examples are:

Deixis may be temporal as well as spatial - that is, it may point to different times as well asx to different places, with such words as today. tomorrow and yesterday, and such relationships as later and earlier.

Etymological note: deixis is a straightforward transliteration of the Greek δεῖξις ('dieksis', )