Grammar – Why think about space?

All natural languages spatialize, that is, relate time and physical space. Evidently, 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 {spaet-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. The girl spatializes: she relates activity and place. Most kids on planet Earth reason it has to be somewhere that you are, go, or do something.

The early way to think always is first to 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 holds on throughout lifespan.

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 trade between space and time, spatialization yet remains natural and sane sense, whatever the human age and whatever the language.

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 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 I am wondering if…

One match is done for us:
C. I have thought. {TO}

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

THE PAST
E. I thought that…
It was my opinion, that…
Generally, I believed it was…

THE FUTURE
I will think.
If things turn out that way, my opinion is going to be that…
I am most probably going to reckon on…

THE PAST
F. I was thinking.
I was considering…
I was wondering if…

THE FUTURE
I will be thinking.
If it comes to that, I’ll be considering…
If the situation requires, I’ll be reckoning on…

THE PAST
G. I had thought.
Then, it had been some time already that I reckoned…
Until then, it had been my opinion that…

THE FUTURE
I will have thought.
By that time, I will have considered it.
I will have worked that out until then.

THE PAST
H. I had been thinking.
It had been some time then, that I was considering…
It had been some time already I was wondering if…

THE FUTURE
I will have been thinking.
It will have been a long time, me reckoning on…

If curious about the result, feel welcome to read:
Grammatical Aspects or cognitive variables?

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