“Next Wednesday’s Meeting has been Moved Forward Two Days”: The Time-Perspective Question is Ambiguous in Swiss German, but not in Standard German

Stocker, Kurt; Hartmann, Matthias (2019). “Next Wednesday’s Meeting has been Moved Forward Two Days”: The Time-Perspective Question is Ambiguous in Swiss German, but not in Standard German. Swiss journal of psychology, 78(1-2), pp. 61-67. Hogrefe 10.1024/1421-0185/a000220

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If time is conceived of as a river, we either have the perspective of seeing ourselves as moving downstream toward the future (e.g., “We are approaching the future,” called ego moving), or we have the perspective of the future as moving upstream toward us (e.g., “The future is approaching,” called time moving). Most ego- and time-moving studies have been conducted by using an English ego/time-moving ambiguous question to implicitly measure a person’s current time perspective (ego vs. time moving). In the current study, we replicate previous findings that in (Standard) German the time-perspective question is not ambiguous, while showing as a new finding that it is ambiguous in Swiss German. We attribute this difference to different normative uses in these two German variants. To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate dialectal differences in relation to cognitive processing of ego-/time-moving metaphors. Psychological and linguistic implications are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Stocker, Kurt and Maalouli-Hartmann, Matthias

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1421-0185

Publisher:

Hogrefe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Matthias Maalouli-Hartmann

Date Deposited:

25 Jun 2019 14:54

Last Modified:

25 Jun 2019 14:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/1421-0185/a000220

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129719

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