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LINGUIST List 17.1658

Thu Jun 01 2006

Qs: Analysis of 'Other' in Any Language, Any Theory; Time Metaphors

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        1.    Thomas Hanke, Analysis of 'Other' in Any Language, Any Theory
        2.    Sondes Hamdi, Time Metaphors

Message 1: Analysis of 'Other' in Any Language, Any Theory
Date: 30-May-2006
From: Thomas Hanke <thomashankeemail.de>
Subject: Analysis of 'Other' in Any Language, Any Theory

Dear linguists,

I would like to ask you for help in -literally- an 'other' problem.

My developing PhD thesis has bi-partite reciprocity expressions like ''each
other'' and ''one another'' as a main topic.

In the last months, I have been able to find only marginal remarks on
'other' and similar concepts - usual as an explanation for other phenomena
like focus particles or anaphora ('no-one else', 'no other person'). The
usual semantic analyses mention only membership in the same category and
distinction from one member with no further details.

In reference grammars and descriptions of numeral systems, I found some
hints, mainly that the functional range of 'other' expressions is not
obligatorily similar to European languages.

"'Other"', "'else"', and their counterparts in other languages are
obviously not the best keywords to search for.

I will be glad to get hints to any research on 'other,else' and related
notions. Any perspective, theory, language is welcome.

Some topics that came to my mind are the relation to, and interaction with:
- indefiniteness, definiteness, reference,
- deictics, pronouns
- quantifiers, groups, genericity
- discourse organization, 'the first' versus 'the other(s)',
- different conceptual fields like space, time,
- membership in and compatibility with word-classes

Thank you for your interest!
I will post a summary.

Thomas Hanke
Berlin Utrecht project group ''A typology of reciprocal markers: Analysis
and documentation''

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Message 2: Time Metaphors
Date: 30-May-2006
From: Sondes Hamdi <sondeshamdiyahoo.fr>
Subject: Time Metaphors

Dear linguists:

I am carrying out a comparative research on the conceptual metaphors for
time in English and Arabic within the Lakoffian framwork. I want to be sure
of two points.

(1)Is it true that so far no single comparative/contrastive study has been
carried out on time metaphors in Arabic and English.

(2) Do you have any published, and thus accessible, references on
comparative studies for time metaphors. Sometimes, I find some interesting
titles in the internet, but they are unpublished, rendering the access to
them difficult.

Thank you!

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
                            English (eng)

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