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Distance in tensed nominals: A typological perspective

Abstract : The present paper focuses on the mapping of distance in space and its temporal expression by the so-called overt nominal tense and special attention is paid to distals. Overt nominal tense is a relatively rare phenomenon cross-linguistically and one that is clearly under-studied. Among the few languages that can be considered to use the nominal tense, only a handful exist that make systematic use of distal noun determiners to encode time. This small sample indicates that there is not a one-to-one relationship between distance in space and past or future reference. The available data rather encourage us to consider that, in tensed nominals, distal reference in space is associated with distal reference in time from a 'here and now' situation, be it in the past or the future.
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Evangelia Adamou. Distance in tensed nominals: A typological perspective. B. Sonnenhauser & A. Meermann. Distance in Language, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. ⟨halshs-01422909⟩

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