THEORY: Temporal Auxiliaries, Aspectual Auxiliaries, Modal Auxi...
|From:||Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>|
|Date:||Friday, July 8, 2005, 21:21|
In a message dated 7/8/2005 3:37:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>But there are no language that distinct more than those? like distincting
>"far past" from "near past" or having a "past" and a
>they would use in stories, genesis histories, dreams, childhood memories of
>the oldest members of the group...?
Degrees of remoteness in the past (and future) tense are not uncommon.
E.g., In _Tense_, Bernard Comrie mentions the Haya language of Tanzania, with
separate past tenses for "earlier today", "yesterday", and "before
"Recent past" vs. "nonrecent past" is also a common distinction, but I recall
reading somewhere that no natural language has a tense cutoff based on a
specific historical event.
That is, it is apparently unknown for a languge to have, for example, one
tense for events on and after July 4, 1776 and one for events before that date.