temporal deictics

22Aug07

“Today is a time designator, a deictic indexing time in the same way as ‘now’, ‘yesterday’, etc. Like all temporal deictics, it operates by referring what it designates to the sole present of the sentence itself, or to the sentence only in so far as it is present. It temporalizes the referent of the present sentence by situating it exclusively with respect to the time in which this sentence is taking place, which is the present.”
– Jean Francois Lyotard, The Inhuman



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