Reflection of temporal horizon in linguistic performance

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A significant body of cognitive research has identified the way in which temporalhorizons are developed in the human mind, as well as the influence theyexert on individual and social behavior. This study demonstrates a cognitiveschema of temporal horizon that emerges from the frequency of expressionsdenoting temporal distance in spontaneous linguistic performance of Polishspeakers. Linguistic material analyzed in this study includes transcriptions ofimpromptu conversations conducted in informal personal contexts, which werecompiled into a demographically annotated linguistic corpus that amountsto 2.4 million words. The results reveal that the temporal horizon functionspredominantly within three distinctive brackets corresponding to one day, oneyear, and up to 50 year periods. Moreover, the findings indicate that it tends toalter dynamically with age.


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