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Introduction to Linguistics (Eng502)



Fall 2020

Assignment No. 1

Total Marks: 20

Lectures: 22-33




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Q1. Any linguistic form that we use to accomplish the task of pointing out is called deixis. The meaning of deictic expressions can only be understood only in terms of speakers intended meaning. Define any three types of deixis with two examples of each type of deixis. Also, highlight deictic expressions in the following sentences:

  1. It is now 12.15.
  2. Letizea was the mother of Napoleon.
  3. This is Iqbal.
  4. That will end then.                                                                 (6+4=10 marks)

Q2.  Draw syntactic tree diagrams and underlying Phrase Structure Rules of the following sentences:

  1. Her old steward found the letter.
  2. Imran behaved very strangely.

                                                                                                           (5+5=10 marks)

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Question NO 1

Deixis Definition

Deixis is the pointing or specifying the function of some words (as definite articles and demonstrative pronouns) whose denotation changes from one discourse to another.


Types of Deixis

  1. Personal Deixis
  2. Temporal Deixis
  3. Spatial Deixis



·       Personal Deixis

Personal deixis points out people. For example, I and you.


·       Temporal Deixis

Temporal deixis point out time. For example, Noss, then, next week, yesterday.


·       Spatial Deixis

Spatial deixis points out the speaker, where is he in the space, and the relation of the speaker to the other. For example, here and there, this and that, come and go, bring and take.


Deictic expression in the following sentences:

1.      it is now 12.15.

Word "Now" is deictic expression.


2.      Letizea was the mother of Napoleon.

Word "Letizea" and "Napoleon" are the deictic expressions.


3.      This islqbal

Word Iqbal" is deictic expression.


4.      That will end then.

Word "Then" and "that" are deictic expressions.


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