Signposts for the reader: A corpus-based study of text deixis

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This paper presents the results of a pilot study on the occurrence of text deixis in a number of texts taken from the Lancaster/Oslo-Bergen Corpus of British English. Text deixis refers to those expressions that we use either to tell the reader his or her location, e.g. in a chapter, section or paragraph, or to direct the reader to another part of the same text. It was found that a distinction may be made between narrative and non-narrative texts. The former do not contain text deixis, while the latter are sub-divided into groups on the basis of the frequency of occurrence of text deixis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-200
Number of pages14
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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