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Telling a Story in Five Past Tenses: Time and Tense in a Native American Language


This  paper  describes  an  unusually  rich  tense  system  in  the  Creek  (Muskogee)  language  of Oklahoma   in which five different verb patterns  indicate different degrees of remoteness in the past (Past 1 for today/last night, Past 2 for yesterday, etc.). As the situations depicted become clearer and more immediate Creek storytellers allow tenses to creep forward, creating greater immediacy and foregrounding in the narrative.

Minor Hall, Room 125 Reception to follow

  • Sponsored by the UVA Linguistics Program and Department o Anthropology
Event Date: 
Friday, 2 November 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Jack Martin
Speaker Title: 
Professor Colllege of William and Mary