[Lingtyp] Co-expression of future and past

David Gil gil at shh.mpg.de
Wed Dec 12 20:39:04 UTC 2018

On 13/12/2018 04:15, Hartmut Haberland wrote:
> On the other hand, German ’einst’ which can either mean ’a very long 
> time ago’ or ‘in the very remote future’.
Hebrew has a similar construction with /paʕam/ 'time' (as in 'This time 
he lost', not 'He has lots of time'), which can also mean either 'a long 
time ago' or 'in the distant future'.  I imagine this is a calque on 
either German or some other central European language.

David Gil

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