dEhiN wrote:vijayjohn wrote:dEhiN wrote:So does aspect tell you in which direction time is flowing?
No. Time flows from the past to the future anyway, regardless of language. As they say, you can't go back in time; that is, you can't go the other way around, from the future to the past. Now, whether it flows forward or backward is entirely dependent on the language. In most languages, it flows forward (like English), but there are also languages in which it flows backward (like Quechua).
How can time flow backwards while still going from past to future?
We imagine ourselves looking towards the future with the past behind us. You could imagine it the other way, with the past being in front of you and the future behind? The time still flows from the past to the future.