Deictic features: Evidence from SKWXWÚ7MESH

Carrie Gillon

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In this paper, I describe the determiner and demonstrative system of Skwxwú7mesh, a Coast Salish language spoken in southwestern British Columbia. The determiners and demonstratives have previously been described as having deictic properties (Kuipers 1967 and Peter Jacobs [personal communication to Elizabeth Currie; cited in Currie 1997]). I provide evidence for these deictic properties. I show that the previous descriptions do not capture the entire modern system. I also show that most of the determiners and all of the demonstratives are deictic, and that one of the determiners is more accurately described as nondeictic. This determiner lacks all deictic features, and this lack of features has consequences for its interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of American Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Deixis
  • Demonstratives
  • Determiners
  • Features
  • Salish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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