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Semantics, culture, and cognition : universal human concepts in culture-specific configurations

Author: Anna Wierzbicka
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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"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" formulated in English words but based on  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Wierzbicka
ISBN: 0195073258 9780195073256 0195073266 9780195073263
OCLC Number: 24010651
Description: viii, 487 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: [pt.] 1. Linguistic evidence for ethnopsychology and ethnophilosophy. Soul, mind, and heart --
Fate and destiny --
[pt.] 2. Emotions across cultures. Are emotions universal or culture-specific? --
Describing the indescribable --
[pt.] 3. Moral concepts across cultures. Apatheia, smirenie, humility --
Courage, bravery, recklessness --
[pt.] 4. Names and titles. Personal names and expressive derivation --
Titles and other forms of address --
[pt.] 5. Kinship semantics. Lexical universals and psychological reality --
'Alternate generations' in Australian aboriginal languages --
[pt.] 6. Language as mirror of culture and 'national character.' Australian English --
The Russian language.
Responsibility: Anna Wierzbicka.
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This study ranges across a wide variety of languages and cultures in an attempt to identify concepts which are truly universal and to explore whether certain words are culture-specific.  Read more...

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Excellent cross-linguistic, cross-cultural penetration into how the mind works. Fascinating analysis of language as a mirror into the workings of the human soul. Richard L. Wright, Howard University

 
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