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the day before yesterday etc. (was Re: Tenses (...))

From:tomhchappell <tomhchappell@...>
Date:Monday, July 18, 2005, 23:50
From page 75 of Stephen C. Levinsons's 1983 "Pragmatics" (Cambridge
Textbooks in Linguistics):

"...; the Amerindian language Chinantec has four named days either
side of today;
Japanese names three days back from today, and two ahead;
Hindi has the same word for yesterday and tomorrow ..."


Hello, everybody, and thanks for writing.

I apologize for introducing what turns out to have been an
interesting sub-thread under the "Tenses" thread without a different

I know that "Time-Deictic Nouns for Days" and "Time-Deictic
Sentential Adverbs" are /not/ tenses;
so, apparently, does everyone else who has contributed;
but sometimes people respond to a post without reading the posts
ahead of it, expecting them to be summarized by the "Subject:" line.
In this case, that was mis-leading.

Anyway, I have enjoyed reading about Diatheses, Voice, Time, Tense,
Aspect, Modality, Mood, and everything else everyone who has
contributed to any of the threads that have spun-off of my
first "THEORY: ...Auxiliaries..." post has written.

Tom H.C. in MI


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>