Origo, pointing, and speech

The impact of co-speech gestures on linguistic deixis theory

Ellen Fricke*

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What happens to linguistic deixis theory if co-speech gestures are considered? In this paper I will argue for a redefined concept of origo. It allows us to eliminate a contradiction inherent in the origo instantiation of local deixis between the verbal and gestural levels. The contradiction demonstrated in my example is that, for the same conceptual relation, the origo of the verbal level is allocated to the addressee, whereas the origo of the gestural level is allocated to the speaker himself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-226
Number of pages20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • 6H-Model
  • Co-speech gestures
  • Deixis
  • Face-to-face interaction
  • Imagination-oriented deixis
  • Origo
  • Origo-allocating act
  • Perspective
  • Pointing

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