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Mon Mar 19 2012
Qs: Speaker/Hearer Related Temporal Expressions
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From: Bettina Gruber <b.gruberuu.nl>
Subject: Speaker/Hearer Related Temporal Expressions
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It is well know that within the spatial domain many languages have
distinct lexical items to express closeness to the speaker as opposed to
closeness to the hearer.
I am wondering whether there are languages that have similar means
in the temporal domain. For instance, one could imagine a language
having distinct lexical items for the 'now of the speaker' as opposed to
the 'now of the hearer'.
Provided such languages exist, it would be interesting to know whether
these items are morphologically complex, and if so, whether the
individual components exist elsewhere in the grammar (e.g., the
pronominal or temporal domain).
If you know of any such language, I would be very grateful for a short
message with some details.
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