Exercises to different usages of deixis


Now it is your turn! Take the context of the utterance into account by clicking on the particular scenes and decide whether the words in bold type are gestural, symbolic, anaphoric or non-anaphoric use.

a) Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 1

Lady Montague: O, where is Romeo? saw you him to-day?
Right glad I am he was not at this fray.

gestural use
symbolic use
anaphoric use
non-anaphoric use

b) Henry VI, Part III, Act V, Scene 5

King Edward IV (Duke of Clarence): Untutor'd lad, thou art too malapert.
Prince Edward: I know my duty; you are all undutiful:
Lascivious Edward, and thou perjured George,
And thou mis-shapen Dick, I tell ye all
I am your better, traitors as ye are:
And thou usurp'st my father's right and mine.
King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Take that, thou likeness of this railer here.
[Stabs him]
Richard III: Sprawl'st thou? take that, to end thy agony.
[Stabs him]

gestural use
symbolic use
anaphoric use
non-anaphoric use

c) Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Scene 4

London. The palace. []
Henriy IV: Lord Say, the traitors hate thee;
Therefore away with us to Killingworth.
Lord Say: So might your grace's person be in danger.
The sight of me is odious in their eyes;
And therefore in this city will I stay
And live alone as secret as I may.

gestural use
symbolic use
anaphoric use
non-anaphoric use

d) Coriolanus, Act III, Scene 1

Menenius: Do not cry havoc , where you should but hunt
With modest warrant.

gestural use
symbolic use
anaphoric use
non-anaphoric use