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What is grounding?

 

Definition
 

Grounding refers to establishing the time, location or actuality of a situation according to some reference point.

Discussion
 

Certain morphosyntactic operations, such as inflection, ground the situation that the clause describes.

 

If the operation is…

Then the reference point is normally …

Temporal

Now (the time of utterance).

Spatial

Here (the place of utterance).

Modal or evidential

Actuality (the situation described by the clause did or will actually take place).

See also
 
Source
 

Payne 1997b


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