Word of the day: DEICTIC

Known Fact #1: Context is everything.
Known Fact #2: Context is variable.

Consequential Fact: That makes things very complicated.

A deictic [pronounced dyke- tic or dake- tic] is a word specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of one or more of the participants in an act of speech or writing, in the context of either an external situation or the surrounding discourse. In other words, it suggests the phenomenon wherein understanding the meaning of certain words and phrases in an utterance requires contextual information. So a deictic is a word that has a fixed semantic meaning, but has a denotational meaning that constantly changes depending on time and/or place.

You know, like I, now, here.

How cool is that? A whole class of words to promote ambiguity. Wholly contextually-dependent references. Sort of like: I was there. Now I am here. Soon I will be somewhere else. I think I have a natural inclination towards deixis. At least that sounds better than saying I am ambiguous…

As if there was any doubt that it has always depended one’s context/schema/perspective/metacognition. Like, duh. Get with the here and now.


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I am repatriating expatriate trying to work it all out. Well, to work some of it out anyhow. I am writing here for sanity, focus and general over-sharing.
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