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Spatialization of time in Mian

Fedden, S and Boroditsky, L (2012) Spatialization of time in Mian Frontiers in Psychology (3), 485.

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We examine representations of time among the Mianmin of Papua New Guinea. We begin by describing the patterns of spatial and temporal reference in Mian. Mian uses a system of spatial terms that derive from the orientation and direction of the Hak and Sek rivers and the surrounding landscape. We then report results from a temporal arrangement task administered to a group of Mian speakers.The results reveal evidence for a variety of tem- poral representations. Some participants arranged time with respect to their bodies (left to right or toward the body). Others arranged time as laid out on the landscape, roughly along the east/west axis (either east to west or west to east).This absolute pattern is consistent both with the axis of the motion of the sun and the orientation of the two rivers, which provides the basis for spatial reference in the Mian language. The results also suggest an increase in left to right temporal representations with increasing years of formal education (and the reverse pattern for absolute spatial representations for time). These results extend previous work on spatial representations for time to a new geographical region, physical environment, and linguistic and cultural system.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
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Date : 19 November 2012
Identification Number : 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00485
Uncontrolled Keywords : Space, Time, Mian, Papuan, River-based spatial system
Additional Information : This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Jun 2014 11:36
Last Modified : 13 Sep 2014 01:35

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