[Lingtyp] "I-now-here"

Kilu von Prince Kilu.Prince at hhu.de
Mon Sep 13 10:45:01 UTC 2021

Dear Tasaku,

Carlota Smith appeals to the pragmatics of deictic immediacy in interpreting tense and aspect. I make a similar move for the semantics of modals in some of my published works, see references.


von Prince, Kilu. 2017 (preprint). Paradigm-induced implicatures of TAM markers: The case of the Daakaka distal. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21.
K. von Prince. Counterfactuality and past. Linguistics and Philosophy, pages 577–615, May 2019. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10988-019-09259-6
C. Smith. Tense and aspect: Time across languages. In C. Maienborn, K. von Heusinger, and P. Portner, editors, Semantics: An International Handbook of Meaning, volume 33, chapter 97, pages 2581–2608. de Gruyter, 2012.
C. Smith, E. Perkins, and T. Fernald. Time in Navajo: Direct and indirect interpretation. International Journal of American Linguistics, 73(1):40–71, 2007.

Prof. Dr. Kilu von Prince
weiblich, female, sie/ihr, she/her
Heinrich-Heine Universität
Institut für Sprache und Information                     
40225 Düsseldorf    

+49 211 81-10717 

On 13. Sep 2021, at 11:40, Mike Morgan <mwmbombay at gmail.com> wrote:

Am also not sure if this is what Tasaku-san is looking for or not, Juergen, but ONE way to get from Bühler (1934) to modals is via Roman Jakobson's 1957 seminal article “Shifters, verbal categories, and the Russian verb”.

On Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 6:24 PM Juergen Bohnemeyer <jb77 at buffalo.edu> wrote:
Dear Tasaku — Bühler (1934) proposes a highly influential theory of linguistic indexicality or ‘deixis’ (he coined the term), or really an entire theory of language that revolves around a theory of indexicality as its centerpiece. The theory postulates three types of deictic expressions: those expressing person deixis, spatial deixis, and temporal deixis. (Fillmore 1997 [1975] later proposed that honorific and redressive expressions should be considered as constituting a fourth type, which he called ‘social' deixis; however, while there are important similarities between such expressions and Bühlerian deictics, there are also considerable differences between how such expressions function and how deictic expressions in Bühler’s sense function, as discussed in Bohnemeyer 2015.) Bühler visualized these as three dimensions of a coordinate system that is centered on the speaker and the place and time of utterance. He used the term ‘jetzt-hier-ich origo’ (’now-here-I origo’) for the origin point of this coordinate system. 

(Bühler was massively influenced by the ‘phenomenological’ philosophy of Edmund Husserl. As Husserl attempted to build an epistemology based on the contents of subjective experience, so Bühler was fascinated by how grammars and lexicons encode subjective experience.)

I don’t know whether this is what you had in mind. I can’t think of any obvious connection to the study of modality. 

HTH! — Juergen

Bohnemeyer, J. 2015. Deixis. In J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 6. Oxford: Elsevier. 52–57.    
Bühler, K., 1934. Sprachtheorie (Language Theory). G Fischer, Jena.
Fillmore, C.J., 1997[1975]. Lectures on Deixis. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA. Republication of Fillmore, C.J. Santa Cruz Lectures on Deixis 1971. Indiana University Linguistics Club, Bloomington, IN (1975).

> On Sep 12, 2021, at 6:28 PM, TasakuTsunoda <tasakutsunoda at nifty.com> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
>     Re: “I-now-here”
>     Would anyone enlighten me, please?
>     I understand the concept of “I-now-here” plays an important role in studies of modality. Would anyone please given me advice on the following?
>     (a) Who proposed “I-now-here” first? In what work?
>     (b) Are there any other works that discuss “I-now-here”?
> Best wishes and thanking you in advance,
> Tasaku Tsunoda
> _______________________________________________
> Lingtyp mailing list
> Lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/mailman/listinfo/lingtyp

Juergen Bohnemeyer (He/Him)
Professor, Department of Linguistics
University at Buffalo 

Office: 642 Baldy Hall, UB North Campus
Mailing address: 609 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260 
Phone: (716) 645 0127 
Fax: (716) 645 3825
Email: jb77 at buffalo.edu
Web: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~jb77/ 

Office hours Tu/Th 2:30-3:30pm in 642 Baldy or via Zoom (Meeting ID 585 520 2411; Passcode Hoorheh) 

There’s A Crack In Everything - That’s How The Light Gets In 
(Leonard Cohen)  

Lingtyp mailing list
Lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org

Dr Michael W Morgan
mwm || *U*C> || mike || माईक || માઈક || মাঈক || மாஈக ||  مایک ||мика || 戊流岸マイク 
sign language linguist / linguistic typologist / Deaf education consultant
"Have language, will travel"
"People who are always looking down at the bottom line will always fail to see the stars" 

Lingtyp mailing list
Lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org

More information about the Lingtyp mailing list