Sur les représentations linguistiques de la temporalité

Abstract : Abstract Time is often represented by a left-to-right arrow that symbolizes the chronological unfolding of events. However consistent that orientation may be with intuition – probably because it parallels the western writing mode – it also has obvious incompatibilities with linguistic data. Examples such as “Xmas is drawing near” or “Summer is long gone” indeed plead for a right-to-left temporal axis. Although both orientations may be apt depending on the context (deictic or narrative), this article lays emphasis on the determinant role of the point of reference and on its nature (temporal or subjective). It also tries to show that the construal of time orientation varies not only with languages but also with markers within the same context (cf. les generations suivantes vs les generations à venir).
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Lionel Dufaye. Sur les représentations linguistiques de la temporalité. Colloque franco-coréen. Les représentations du temps historique : rupture et continuité., LISAA - FTD - Gisèle Séginger, Feb 2014, Champs sur Marne - Marne la Vallée, France. ⟨hal-01143245⟩

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