Stock Image

From Space to Time

Haspelmath, Martin

Published by LINCOM, 1997
ISBN 10: 3895860913 / ISBN 13: 9783895860911
New / Softcover / Quantity Available: > 20
From LINCOM GmbH (München, Germany)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
List Price:
Price: £ 73.81
Convert Currency
Shipping: £ 5.34
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details

Title: From Space to Time

Publisher: LINCOM

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Neu

Dust Jacket Condition: Gut

Edition: 1. Auflage


The relation between space and time has fascinated linguists and philosophers for a long time. That temporal relations are derived from spatial relations in many languages through conceptual metaphor is a commonplace, but systematic studies of this phenomenon were lacking. In this important new book, the author investigates grammatical markers of simple (non-clausal) time adverbials in a world-wide sample of 50 languages (with an unavoidable emphasis on European languages), presents a taxonomy of the systematic types of time adverbials and formulates typological generalizations about the adverbial markers (mainly adpositions and cases). For the first time, a cross-linguistically applicable terminological grid for time adverbials is developed that makes comparative research in this area possible. The results comfirm the expectation that temporal notions overwhelmingly derive from spatial notions, in particular markers of temporal location (e.g. in March, before the meal, after the war). In fact, there are no languages that do not make use of spatial concepts for the expression of time at all, and speculations (originating in Benjamin L. Whorf's work on Hopi) that cultures differ fundamentally in their conceptualization of time are thereby refuted definively. However, not all temporal concepts are expressed by spatial markers, and temporal markers do show a tendency to become autonomous from their spatial sources. Thus, there is little linguistic evidence for the full conceptual unity of space and time. Additional issues dealt with in this typological study are the role of deixis in temporal adverbial markers, alternatives to simple time markes where these are lacking, and grammaticalization as an explanatory factor. The book consists of the following chapters: (1) Introduction, (2) Taxonomy of the semantic functions, (3) Theoretical issues, (4) Sequential location ('after'/'before'), (5) Sequential-durative ('since'/'until'), (6) Temporal distance ('in'/'ago'), (7) Simultaneous location ('at, in, on'), (8) Temporal extent ('for'/'in'), (9) Conclusion. An appendix containing examples of teh markers in the 50 languages allows the reader to get a full picture of the data on which this work is based. ISBN 3895860913. LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 02. 171pp. 1997. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895860911

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: LINCOM GmbH
Address: München, Germany

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 02 December 2009
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Terms of Sale:

Versandkosten berechnen sich nach Gewicht, Informatinen dazu
auch über unsere Webseite

Shipping Terms:

Die Versandkostenpauschalen basieren auf Sendungen mit einem durchschnittlichen Gewicht. Falls das von Ihnen bestellte Buch besonders schwer oder sperrig sein sollte, werden wir Sie informieren, falls zusätzliche Versandkosten anfallen.

Store Description: Academischer Buchverlag