With the future coming up behind them: evidence that time approaches from behind in Vietnamese

Sullivan, Karen and Bui, Linh Thuy (2016) With the future coming up behind them: evidence that time approaches from behind in Vietnamese. Cognitive Linguistics, 27 2: 1-29. doi:10.1515/cog-2015-0066


Author Sullivan, Karen
Bui, Linh Thuy
Title With the future coming up behind them: evidence that time approaches from behind in Vietnamese
Journal name Cognitive Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1613-3641
0936-5907
Publication date 2016-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/cog-2015-0066
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Vietnamese speakers can describe the future as behind them and gesture forwards to indicate the past, which suggests they use a conceptual model of Time in which the future is behind and the past is in front. This type of model has previously been shown to be pervasive only among older speakers of Aymara in the Andes (Núñez and Sweetser 2006. With the future behind them: Convergent evidence from Aymara language and gesture in the crosslinguistic comparison of spatial construals of time. Cognitive Science 30. 401–450). Whereas Time in the Aymara model does not “move”, the present data show that Time in Vietnamese can “approach” from behind the Ego and “continue forward” into the past. To our knowledge, no other language has been identified with a model where Time moves from behind Ego to in front. Recognition of this model in Vietnamese will open up new research opportunities, particularly since the model does not seem to be endangered in Vietnamese.
Keyword Time metaphor
Gesture
Vietnamese
Aymara
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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