[Lingtyp] terms for days after tomorrow

Seongha Rhee srhee at hufs.ac.kr
Sat Mar 19 13:53:55 UTC 2022

Dear Samira,

Korean has the following terms for tomorrow and beyond:

(a) nayil 'tomorrow' Phonetically-based Sinification of naz-Al
[proceed-day] 'come-day' (note: There were multiple terms for tomorrow in
Old and Middle Korean.) (cf. Today is onul (< o-n Al
[come-anterior.adnominal day] 'the day that has come', but this etymology
is completely opaque to nearly all speakers of Korean.)

(b) moley 'the day after tomorrow'

(c) kulphi 'the day after the day after tomorrow'

(d) kukulphi 'the day after the day after the day after tomorrow'  (likely
to involve partial reduplication of (c))

Similarly, the following terms for yesterday and before:

(a) ecey or ecekkey 'yesterday'

(b) kucey or kucekkey 'the day before yesterday'

(c) kukkucey or kukkucekkey 'the day before the day before yesterday'
(likely to involve partial reduplication of (b))

(d) eckucey or eckucekkey 'a few days ago' (likely to be compounding of
ecey and kucey/kucekkey)

Hope this helps.



Seongha Rhee

Professor, Mahidol University, Thailand

Professor Emeritus, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea

2022년 3월 19일 (토) 오후 2:49, Samira Verhees <jh.verhees at gmail.com>님이 작성:

> 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.
> Best,
> Samira Verhees
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