Indexicals

[Revised entry by David Braun on January 16, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] An indexical is, roughly speaking, a linguistic expression whose reference can shift from context to
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[Revised entry by David Braun on January 16, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] An indexical is, roughly speaking, a linguistic expression whose reference can shift from context to context. For example, the indexical 'you' may refer to one person in one context and to another person in another context. Other paradigmatic examples of indexicals are 'I', 'here', 'today', 'yesterday', 'he', 'she', and 'that'. Two speakers who utter a...

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