Deixis in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse

  • Badr Abdul Qayoom Abdulla Ministry of Education General Directorate of Al Anbar
  • Abdul Hamid Ahmed Al-Madari College of Arts Sana'a University
Keywords: Deixis, pragmatics, Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


Deixis is one of the sub-categories of pragmatics. It plays a very crucial role in making the context understandable. Obviously, understanding the deictic items in a literary text will make the process of interpretation easier. The objective of this research paper is to analyze deixis in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. The process of analysis is confined to some samples of the types of deixis that are used in the novel. The use of deictic items in To the Lighthouse participates in enriching the meaning and conveying certain effects. Through the use of deixis, Woolf succeeds in clarifying many details concerning the speaker of utterance, place of utterance, time of utterance etc. Accordingly, this leads to revealing the interior conflict of the characters and the psychological behavior of individuals with one another

How to Cite
Qayoom Abdulla, B. A., & Ahmed Al-Madari, A. H. (2020). Deixis in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. ALUSTATH JOURNAL FOR HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, 59(2), 113-120. Retrieved from