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8 Deictic Words

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Deictic words form deictic expressions. The referent of which, be it spatial, temporal, personal or other, must be sought in the context of the speech event or in the context of the discourse itself. The deictic property is distributed among different types of words. Atong has a deictic quantifier and a generic deictive proform, discussed with the demonstratives, two deictic verbs, and a deictic adverb. Most of the vocabularies making up the time words are also deictic. Demonstratives are a closed class containing the seven members listed in "Table". Demonstratives share some properties with nouns in that they can modify them, except the generic proform demonstrative, and can function as non-verbal predicates. Sub-sections explain the various properties and deictic use of demonstratives. The chapter explains the deictic verbs, and deals with the deictic adverb. It also provides details on the personal pronouns and the time words.

Keywords: Atong; deictic expressions; deictic property; deictic words; demonstratives

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