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Understanding Cultures through Their Key Words : English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese.

Author: Anna Wierzbicka
Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, 1997.
Series: Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book develops the dual themes that languages can differ widely in their vocabularies, and are also sensitive indices to the cultures to which they belong. Wierzbicka seeks to demonstrate that every language has ""key concepts, "" expressed in ""key words, "" which reflect the core values of a given culture. She shows that cultures can be revealingly studied, compared, and explained to outsiders through their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wierzbicka, Anna.
Understanding Cultures through Their Key Words : English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese.
Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, ©1997
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Wierzbicka
ISBN: 9780195358490 019535849X
OCLC Number: 1055144143
Description: 1 online resource (296 pages).
Contents: Title Page --
Copyright Page --
Acknowledgments --
Contents --
1. Introduction --
1. Cultural analysis and linguistic semantics --
2. Words and cultures --
3. Different words, different ways of thinking? --
4. Cultural elaboration and the lexicon --
5. Word frequencies and cultures --
6. Key words and core cultural values --
7. "Culture"-a perilous idea? --
8. Linguistic and conceptual universals --
9. "Natural semantic metalanguage": Exit from Babel --
10. Conclusion --
2. Lexicon as a Key to Ethno-Sociology and Cultural Psychology: Patterns of "Friendship" Across Cultures. 1. "Friendship"-a human universal? --
2. The changing meaning of the English word friend --
3. Patterns of "friendship" in Russian culture --
4. Patterns of "friendship" in Polish culture --
5. Mate-a key to Australian culture --
6. Conclusion --
Appendix: Summary of the Formulae --
3. Lexicon as a Key to Ethno-Philosophy, History, and Politics: "Freedom" in Latin, English, Russian, and Polish --
1. 'Freedom'-a culture-specific concept --
2. Libertas --
3. Freedom --
4. Liberty --
5. The older meaning of freedom --
6. Svoboda --
7. Volja --
8. Wolność --
9. Conclusion. Appendix: Summary of the Formulae --
4. Lexicon as a Key to History, Nation, and Society: "Homeland" and "Fatherland" in German, Polish, and Russian --
1. Different "homelands," different "patriotisms" --
2. Heimat --
3. Vaterland --
4. Ojczyzna --
5. Rodina --
6. Conclusion --
Appendix: Summary of the Formulae --
5. Australian Key Words and Core Cultural Values --
1. "Australian culture" --
2. Australian speech act verbs --
3. Australian "b-words" (swearwords) --
4. Conclusion --
Appendix: Summary of the Formulae --
6. Japanese Key Words and Core Cultural Values. 1. How "unique" is Japanese culture? --
2. Amae --
3. Enryo --
4. Wa --
5. On --
6. Giri --
7. Seishin --
8. Omoiyari --
9. Conclusion --
Appendix: Summary of the Formulae --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics.

Abstract:

This book develops the dual themes that languages can differ widely in their vocabularies, and are also sensitive indices to the cultures to which they belong. Wierzbicka seeks to demonstrate that every language has ""key concepts, "" expressed in ""key words, "" which reflect the core values of a given culture. She shows that cultures can be revealingly studied, compared, and explained to outsiders through their key concepts, and that the analytical framework necessary for this purpose is provided by the ""natural semantic metalanguage, "" based on lexical universals, that the author and colleag.

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