[Lingtyp] terms for days after tomorrow

bingfu Lu lubingfu at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 22 17:50:04 UTC 2022

 Dear Samira,
Chinesehas the terms for seven consecutive days:
大前天daqiantian. lit. bigahead day,  the day before the daybefore yesterday

前天 qiantian. Lit.ahead day.     the day before yesterday, 

昨天 zuotian. Lit. pastday.         yesterday

今天 jintian. Lit.present day.       today

明天 mingtian. Lit. brightday.     tomorrow

后天 houtian. Lit.behind day.      the day after tomorrow

大后天 dahoutian. Lit. bigbehind day. the day after the day aftertomorrow
Themagic number, seven (7±2)!
Best Bingfu Lu
Beijing Language and Culture University

    On Saturday, March 19, 2022, 12:49:15 AM PDT, Samira Verhees <jh.verhees at gmail.com> wrote:  
 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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