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

Author: Anna Wierzbicka
Publisher: New York : Oxford Univ 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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wierzbicka, Anna.
Semantics, Culture, and Cognition : Universal Human Concepts in Culture-Specific Configurations.
Cary : Oxford University Press, ©1992
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Wierzbicka
ISBN: 0195360915 9780195360912
OCLC Number: 191924693
Description: 1 online resource (pages)
Contents: Introduction; 1. Soul, Mind, and Heart; 2. Fate and Destiny; 3. Are Emotions Universal or Culture-Specific?; 4. Describing the Indescribable; 5. Apatheia, Smirenie, Humility; 6. Courage, Bravery, Recklessness; 7. Personal Names and Expressive Derivation; 8. Titles and Other Forms of Address; 9. Lexical Universals and Psychological Reality; 10. 'Alternate Generations' in Australian Aboriginal Languages; 11. Australian English; 12. The Russian Language; Postscript; Notes; References; Index.

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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 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 cul.

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