[Lingtyp] terms for days after tomorrow

Alexander Coupe ARCoupe at ntu.edu.sg
Sat Mar 19 09:14:50 UTC 2022

Dear Samira,

Here are a few more references to augment those provided by Guillaume – see Sect. 4.2.8 Time words in https://www.academia.edu/1317662/A_Grammar_of_Mongsen_Ao for some examples encoding 3 days into the future and 3 days or more into the past. I don’t know of any specific typological investigations of this, but they occur in other branches of TB, so perhaps a perusal of additional TB grammars will reveal many more examples.

In Mongsen Ao, they mostly appear to have been formed from fossilized compounds involving the lexeme for ‘day’ plus other unidentified morphemes. In some examples, tone plays a role in distinguishing different degrees of temporal remoteness.

Also see:

Bickel’s chapter in Thurgood Graham & Randy J. LaPolla. 2017. The Sino-Tibetan languages, 2nd edn. Routledge: London/New York

Konnerth, Linda. 2020. A grammar of Karbi. Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin/New York.

Post, Mark. 2007. A grammar of Galo. PhD dissertation, La Trobe University.

Zakaria, Muhammad. 2018. A grammar of Hyow. PhD dissertation, Nanyang Technological University

All the best,


From: Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of Samira Verhees <jh.verhees at gmail.com>
Date: Saturday, 19 March 2022 at 3:49 PM
To: "lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org" <lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org>
Subject: [Lingtyp] terms for days after tomorrow

Dear Lingtyp list,

A student of mine is collecting data on lexemes denoting consecutive days after tomorrow in East Caucasian (and neighboring) languages, and we were wondering if anyone here knows of any typological research that discusses the encoding of this concept (or perhaps more broadly systems of naming days and their diachronic development), or any language-specific work that explores such terms in some detail.

In some East Caucasian languages, there are unique, non-compositional terms for the day after tomorrow, the day after the day after tomorrow, for up to 6 days after tomorrow. We have been able to find some languages that also have a non-compositional term for the day after the day after tomorrow, for example, but we can't seem to find anything more elaborate than examples on internet fora or short sentences in reference grammars.


Samira Verhees


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