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Past–future asymmetries in time adverbials and adpositions: A crosslinguistic and diachronic perspective

Herce Calleja, Borja (2017) Past–future asymmetries in time adverbials and adpositions: A crosslinguistic and diachronic perspective Linguistic Typology, 21 (1). pp. 101-142.

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Abstract

Expressions like English ago have been claimed to be among the most likely candidates for postposition crosslinguistically, and the reason for this has been conjectured to be diachronic. A few previous contributions notwithstanding, however, we still lack a typologically wider-ranging account of such temporal adpositions and adverbials and of how they develop. These are the main goals of the present article. Relying on a sample of 100 languages, it has been found that: (i) the structure instantiated in English by ago is far from universal and is geographically unevenly distributed; (ii) these expressions are indeed predominantly postposed, which does not hold for their mirror images for the future; and (iii) evidence from etymology, patterns of polysemy, and documented semantic extensions suggests that this asymmetry is the result of past and future markers having different diachronic sources.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Herce Calleja, Borjab.hercecalleja@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 26 July 2017
DOI : 10.1515/lingty-2017-0003
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Adposition; Adverbial; Grammaticalization; Polysemy; Syntax; Temporal deixis; Word order
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 20 Mar 2019 15:04
Last Modified : 20 Mar 2019 15:04
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850819

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