Semantics, Culture, and Cognition: Universal Human Concepts in Culture-Specific Configurations

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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 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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Anna Wierzbicka is at Australian National University.

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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


"An excellent reader in semantics."--Harold Battersby, SUNY-Geneseo


"A strong contribution to today's emphasis on multicultural studies. I recommend it strongly to all students of language and culture."--Dr. Gil Clardy, East Texas State Univ.


"Semantics, Culture, and Cognition is a welcome addition to Wierzbicka's inexhaustible semantic explications."--Australian Journal of Linguistics


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