[Lingtyp] spatial deictic transfer

Guillaume Jacques rgyalrongskad at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 18:26:46 UTC 2023

Concerning the extension from ventive => second person goal, see the
following article and the reference therein:

(3) Direct/inverse systems | Anton Antonov and Guillaume Jacques -
Academia.edu <https://www.academia.edu/4349474/Direct_inverse_systems>

Le ven. 24 mars 2023 à 17:42, Sergey Loesov <sergeloesov at gmail.com> a
écrit :

> Dear colleagues,
> I am working on the “Ventive” marker in Old Babylonian and Old Assyrian,
> two East Semitic varieties of the early second millennium BC, both with
> extensive and reasonably well understood epistolary corpora of private
> correspondence. The “Ventive” is a directional marker cliticized on motion
> verbs to indicate motion towards a deictic centre (DC). In the default
> case, the DC is the location of the speaker/writer, and the Ventive is
> obligatory in this context. But this marker often appears on verbs
> describing translocation towards THOU (the addressee of the respective
> letter), and – though less frequently – towards other goals.
> I believe that to encode the motion towards the respective speaker/writer
> is the primordial and “natural” function of this marker, while the other
> usages represent “deictic transfers”, somewhat comparable to Bühler’s
> Deixis am Phantasma. I.e., a “deictic transfer” happens by virtue of the
> marker’s deictic (or “shifer”, in the sense of Roman Jakobson) nature.
> Could you please suggest to me some cross-linguistic analogies and
> typological studies of spatial deictic shifts, migration of the DC from the
> speaker to something else?
> Thank you very much,
> Sergey
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Guillaume Jacques

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