Ah ha! I’d been looking for this information:
“The three temporal points, Speech Time, Reference Time and Situation Time are generally accepted as important to temporal interpretation since Reichenbach (1947) ?rst pro- posed them. Speech Time and Reference Time are impor- tant to the interpretation of tense. Speech Time is the mo- ment of speech, and Reference time is the temporal per- spective from which the speaker invites his audience to con- sider a situation, and Situation Time is the time at which the situation actually occurs.”
So, Reichenbach 1947 looks like the person I need to research next.
“In written text, which is the primary source of data that we are dealing with, the temporal deixis is the document cre- ation time. All situations are temporally related to this doc- ument creation time except in direct quotations, where the temporal location is relative to the moment of speech of the speaker who is quoted. “:
I’m enjoying this short paper.
Good question. I’m researching how time functions in as many aspects as I can and I’m currently looking into tenses and how they worked.
Yesterday, I was fascinated by the languages that were tenseless. This morning, I found a paper about tenselessness in Chinese and how they represent time that’s distinct from English.
Interesting to me was that Google’s machine learning was terrible at picking up time information from Chinese sentences. 47% success rate, which is worse than chance. Google’s English bias in its machine learning AI was showing.
So this little paper broke it up in a nice way. 6 pages, I learned quite a bit.
How can this be made relevant to your son and daughter, I don’t know.
But it directly is talking about temporal deixis, which fascinates me.
I think in our quests for a gods-eye view of objective reality we forget that we have a spatiotemporal placement (and time-ment) and a unique perspective. It matters. We don’t escape it although we can adopt other perspectives that we believe are true, even if we don’t experience them ourselves.
Event (Situation in above quote)
Wow, I don’t know how I’ll wrap my mind around this but I’ll try. This is what I’m looking for.
I’m thinking that SPEECH TIME is now.
It’s a fixed point. Eternal Now. Always moving yet the only stability we have to work with as we are always present with the present.