Grammar – Why think about space?


All natural languages spatialize, that is, relate time and physical space. Evidently, the human being reckons there has to be a place for a thing to happen.

The word spatialization comes from the Latin spatium. It meant a place, space, room or extent.

A word of Latin genetics, it can get to be spoken as {speish-} or {spæt-ial}, to avoid misinterpretation for special.

SCREENSHOT FROM THE SPACE ODYSSEY BY STANLEY KUBRICK2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick Productions .

The Space Odyssey girl says her mommy is gone to shopping. she relates activity and place, and spatializes, using the preposition to for the activity:
Where’s mommy gone?
To shopping.

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We people all first learn telling where objects, creatures, events, or people are. Ability to tell when things happen comes later. Orientation in physical space is primary, hence the name spatialization.

The early thinking does not vanish with maturity, and spatialization belongs well with language standards. Not only in English, there would be words we can use for space, as well as for time. A phrase as,
before the turn, might tell about a place;
before ten, might tell about a time.

Languages may differ in particular words to transact between space and time, spatialization yet remains sane sense also when we are grown up.

Let us try a mild brainteaser. If we compare our answers with family, friends, or other people, and get consistent results, we can consider the thing natural, even if we have never thought so far there could be anything like spatialization.

TASK 1. We have four short words and four patterns. We try to couple the patterns and the words.

Here are the four short words:
TO (as with a place: to that place);
ON (as with a ground: on this ground);
AT (as with a landmark: at that landmark);
IN (as with an area or space: in that area or space).

Here are the four patterns:
A. I think.
It is my opinion that…
Generally, I believe it is…

B. I am thinking.
I am considering, deliberating;
I am wondering if…

C. I have thought.
It has been some time now, that I reckon;
It has been my opinion that…

D. I have been thinking.
It has been some time now, that I am considering…
It has been some time now, that I am wondering if…

One match is done for us:
I have thought: TO.
The answers show down the page.

TASK 2. Let us think if we would couple patterns and short words differently, for talking about the past or future.

E. I thought | I will think.
F. I was thinking | I will be thinking.
G. I had thought | I will have thought.
H. I had been thinking | I will have been thinking.
The results show after you scroll the picture.

I think: ON;
I am thinking: IN;
I have thought: TO;
I have been thinking: AT.
The associations can work the same for the past and the future.

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