Semantics Culture and Cognition Universal Human Concepts in Culture Specific Configurations Not everything that can be said in one language can be said in another The lexicons of different languages seem to suggest different conceptual universes Investigating cultures from a universal langu

  • Title: Semantics, Culture, and Cognition: Universal Human Concepts in Culture-Specific Configurations
  • Author: Anna Wierzbicka
  • ISBN: 9780195073263
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • Not everything that can be said in one language can be said in another The lexicons of different languages seem to suggest different conceptual universes Investigating cultures from a universal, language independent perspective, this book rejects analytical tools derived from the English language and Anglo culture and proposes instead a natural semantic metalanguage foNot everything that can be said in one language can be said in another The lexicons of different languages seem to suggest different conceptual universes Investigating cultures from a universal, language independent perspective, this book rejects analytical tools derived from the English language and Anglo culture and proposes instead a natural semantic metalanguage formulated in English words but based on lexical universals The outcome of two and a half decades of research, the metalanguage is made up of universal semantic primitives in terms of which all meanings including the most culture specific ones can be described and compared in a precise and illuminating way Integrating insights from linguistics, cultural anthropology, and cognitive psychology, and written in simple, non technical language, Semantics, Culture, and Cognition is accessible not only to scholars and students, but also to the general reader interested in semantics and the relationship between language and culture.

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    1. Anna Wierzbicka

      Anna Wierzbicka is Professor of Linguistics at Australian National University Her many books include Semantics Primes and Universals OUP 1996 , Emotions across Languages and Cultures CUP 1999 , and Experience, Evidence Sense The hidden cultural legacy of English OUP 2010 Professors Goddard and Wierzbicka are co editors of two collective volumes Semantic and Lexical Universals and Meaning and Universal Grammar John Benjamins, 1994 and 2002.

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