[Lingtyp] terms for days after tomorrow
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Tue Mar 22 17:50:04 UTC 2022
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.
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