Social deixis among indian transgenders in Malaysia

  • Shuhasyini Balan Department of Indian Studies, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Parvathi Wajindram Department of Indian Studies, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Rajantheran Muniandy Department of Indian Studies, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


This study looks into the social deixis of six Indian transgenders who live in northern regions of Malaysia. The purpose of this study is to discover how social deixis (pronouns, names, and kinship relationships) are used by Indian transgenders and to determine the influence of social deixis on in-group and out-group formation among Indian transgenders. The social deixis used by Indian transgenders to indicate themselves is pointed out in this study, and they place themselves in relation to others who surround them. The research enables readers to make informed decisions in order to break the communication barriers and embrace transgenders for who they are without excluding them because of their languages. Findings in this study revealed that the transgenders used a social deixis approach in their daily communication, and it is also maintained that address forms are the best place to look at the close bond between language and society.

Keywords: Transgenders, Social Deixis, Social Identity Theory, Person Reference


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Balan , S., Wajindram, P., & Muniandy, R. (2024). Social deixis among indian transgenders in Malaysia. Muallim Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 8(2), 76-84.