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Bella Coola Nominal Deixis

Philip W. Davis and Ross Saunders
Language
Vol. 51, No. 4 (Dec., 1975), pp. 845-858
DOI: 10.2307/412696
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/412696
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The principal nominal deictic affixes of Bella Coola, a Salishan language of British Columbia, are examined. Semantically, a three-way distinction is found: Proximal, Middle, and Distal for deictic space; Present, Near Past, and Distant Past for deictic time. The notion of neighborhood and a definition of natural and unnatural circumstance are introduced to explain the usage of the affixes and the observed neutralization of the semantic components of space and time.

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