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Imprisoned in English : the hazards of English as a default language

Author: Anna Wierzbicka; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
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Imprisoned in English argues that in the present English-dominated world, social sciences and the humanities are locked in a conceptual framework grounded in English and that scholars need to break  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Wierzbicka; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780199321506 0199321507 9780199321490 0199321493
OCLC Number: 883535916
Notes: Imprisoned in English argues that in the present English-dominated world, social sciences and the humanities are locked in a conceptual framework grounded in English and that scholars need to break away from this framework to reach a more universal, culture-independent perspective on things human.
Contents: PART I: EVERY LANGUAGE DRAWS A CIRCLE ... ; CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION: RECOGNISING THE CONTINGENCY OF ONE'S OWN LANGUAGE ; CHAPTER 2. NAMING THE WORLD OR CONSTRUING THE WORLD? ; CHAPTER 3. THE GIVENS OF HUMAN LIFE ; CHAPTER 4. UNIVERSAL WORDS, SEMANTIC ATOMS AND SEMANTIC MOLECULES ; CHAPTER 5. HUMAN BODIES AND HUMAN MINDS: WHAT IS VISIBLE AND WHAT IS INVISIBLE ; PART II: EMOTIONS AND VALUES ; CHAPTER 6. ANGLO VALUES VS. HUMAN VALUES: TALKING ABOUT VALUES IN A GLOBAL WORLD ; CHAPTER 7. HUMAN EMOTIONS AND ENGLISH WORDS: ARE ANGER AND DISGUST UNIVERSAL? ; PART III: 'POLITENESS' AND 'COOPERATION' ; CHAPTER 8. TALKING TO OTHER PEOPLE: 'POLITENESS' AND CULTURAL SCRIPTS ; CHAPTER 9. DOING THINGS WITH OTHER PEOPLE: 'COOPERATION', 'INTERACTION' AND 'OBS?ENIE' ; PART IV: ENTERING OTHER MINDS ; CHAPTER 10. GRAMMAR AND SOCIAL COGNITION: THE HAWAIIANS, THE DALABONS, AND THE ANGLOS ; CHAPTER 11. ENDANGERED LANGUAGES, ENDANGERED MEANINGS ; CHAPTER 12. THINKING ABOUT 'THINGS' IN YUCATEC AND IN ENGLISH ; CHAPTER 13. CHIMPANZEES AND THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN COGNITION ; PART V: BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF THE PRISON ; CHAPTER 14. FROM ORDINARY (ANGLO) ENGLISH TO MINIMAL ENGLISH ; PART VI: KINDRED THINKING ACROSS DISCIPLINES ; PRELIMINARY REMARKS ; CHAPTER 15. ANTHROPOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY ; CHAPTER 16. PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY, POLITICS ; CHAPTER 17. LINGUISTICS: COGNITIVE AND CULTURAL APPROACHES ; CHAPTER 18. BILINGUALISM, LIFE WRITING, TRANSLATION ; FINAL REMARKS ; REFERENCES ; INDEX.
Description: XXII, [2], 287 s. ; 24 cm
Contents: PART I: Every language draws a circle ... ; Chapter 1. Introduction: Recognising the contingency of one's own language ; Chapter 2. Naming the world or construing the world? ; Chapter 3. The givens of human life ; Chapter 4. Universal words, semantic atoms and semantic molecules ; Chapter 5. Human bodies and human minds: what is visible and what is invisible ; PART II: Emotions and values ; Chapter 6. Anglo values vs. Human values: Talking about values in a global world ; Chapter 7. Human emotions and English words: Are anger and disgust universal? ; PART III: 'Politeness' and 'cooperation' ; Chapter 8. Talking to other people: 'Politeness' and cultural scripts ; Chapter 9. Doing things with other people: 'cooperation', 'interaction' and 'obs?enie' ; PART IV: Entering other minds ; Chapter 10. Grammar and social cognition: the Hawaiians, the Dalabons, and the Anglos ; Chapter 11. Endangered languages, endangered meanings ; Chapter 12. Thinking about 'things' in Yucatec and in English ; Chapter 13. Chimpanzees and the evolution of human cognition ; PART V: Breaking down the walls of the prison ; Chapter 14. From ordinary (Anglo) English to Minimal English ; PART VI: kindred thinking across disciplines ; Preliminary remarks ; Chapter 15. Anthropology, Psychology, Psychiatry ; Chapter 16. Philosophy, Theology, Politics ; Chapter 17. Linguistics: Cognitive and cultural approaches ; Chapter 18. Bilingualism, Life writing, Translation ; Final remarks ; References ; Index
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