In Julia Alvarez' How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, Yolanda (the central character) struggles with "losing [her]self in [language] like an object." Her lover, John's, words seem like "babble" to her, just as her words fail her when trying to establish a loving connection that is not physical (78). The above quote from Lacan (mind numbing as it is!) simultaneously points to both the future and past--the "future anterior"-- as Joseph Bristow illustrates, to provide "a projective tense that looks in anticipation to both the past and future, to what one will have been and to what one is going to become."
To get a better understanding of this, it helps to quote the first part of Lacan's notion of the "I" in language (and communication in general): "What I see in speech is the response of the other.What constitutes me as subject is my question. In order to be recognized by the other, I utter what was only in view of what will be. In order to find him, I utter a name that he must assume or refuse in order to reply to me."
Yolanda clearly does not enjoy being called by her various nicknames, especially the Americanized Joe: "