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Temporal scenery

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Abstract

The present article analyzes the conceptual patterns of temporal deixis in Ainu,Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Ryukyuan. It demonstrates that Lakoff andJohnson’s notions ‘moving time’ and ‘moving observer’ are more or less applicableto the five East Asian languages but are not necessarily mutually exclusiveconceptions. Deictic expressions of time in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean canpresuppose both moving time and moving observer, while comparable expressionsin Ainu and Ryukyuan, only moving time. It is argued that Chinese,Japanese, and Korean have busier “temporal scenery” for expressions of temporaldeixis than Ainu and Ryukyuan do.

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