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Deixis is the area of semantics where meaning is defined in relation to the act of speaking. For example, the meaning of ME is the speaker, and that of YOU is the addressee. The meanings of these words is said to be `deictic'.
Thus the referent of a deictic word is bound to the characteristics of each token of the word. Such meanings are easy to handle in WG because any word is taken as an action which has an actor (the speaker), an addressee, a time, a place, and so on.
For other examples of deixis see addressee, speaker, time.
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