Chorophorics, or the difference between place as an entity and place as a position in space

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A differentiation is introduced here between two treatments of the notion of place. Place can be conceived of either as one of the features of an entity or as a mere spatial relationship, in which case it is marked, in certain languages, by special morphemes, which are here called chorophorics. It is showed that various languages, such as Mandarin Chinese, a number of Bantu languages, Austronesian and Amerindian languages, all of which can be characterized as lococentric languages, possess logophorics. This gives them an interesting cognitive property: among the many semantic and pragmatic features that constitute the complexity of the notion of place, they select two opposite ones by means of which they foreground either entities or localizations.


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