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Term Definition
Definite article

The determiner 'the', referring to a specific example of a type — The war on crime.

Deictic centre

The position from which terms to do with space, time and identity are understood — a person who is talking from atop a chair will refer to this chair, while someone talking to them from a distance away will refer to that chair.

Deictic term

A word that represents something to do with space, time or identity — Here; There; Now; Then; Me; Them.


Terms that represent space, time and identity relations in language — deictic terms.


A word which determines how a noun should be interpreted — The war in Syria; Five captured criminals; Some reasons for going to war.