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LINGUIST List 23.3090

Tue Jul 17 2012

Qs: Space/Time Reference in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish

Editor for this issue: Zac Smith <zaclinguistlist.org>

Date: 16-Jul-2012
From: Keyi Sun <keyi.sunpg.canterbury.ac.nz>
Subject: Space/Time Reference in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
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I am a phd student in psycholinguistics, recently studying how time-
related metaphors are embodied into directions. I am using English
speakers as a control group. one of the participants is from Denmark,
who can speak Danish, English, and understands Norwegian and
Swedish, and I am considering how the other languages might have
effects on his perception of time-direction relationships.

As in English, we know future is front, and past is back, but this
direction-time relation differs depending on languages. Do Danish,
Norwegian and Swedish have a similar structure between space and
time? Or do any one of them might have a future-back, past-front
relationship, or any lexcial item in time-related expression might use
different word? For example, in some languages the expression 'a
week front' may mean a week ago, but in other languages it may mean
a week later.

Any resources related to this topic would be greatly appreciated.


Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

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