Experience, Evidence, and Sense: The Hidden Cultural Legacy of English
This book is based on two ideas: first, that any language-English no less than any other-represents a universe of meaning, shaped by the history and experience of the men and women who have created it, and second, that in any language certain culture-specific words act as linchpins for whole networks of meanings, and that penetrating the meanings of those key words can therefore open our eyes to an entire cultural universe. In this book Anna Wierzbicka demonstrates that three uniquely English words-evidence, experience, and sense-are exactly such linchpins. Using a rigorous plain language approach to meaning analysis, she unpackages the dense cultural meanings of these key words, disentangles their multiple meanings, and traces their origins back to the tradition of British empiricism. In so doing she reveals much about cultural attitudes embedded not only in British and American English, but other global varieties of English. An interdisciplinary work, Experience, Evidence, and Sense is accessible to both scholars and students in linguistics and English, as well as historians of ideas, sociologists, anthropologists, literary scholars, and scholars of communication.
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acute sense Anglo culture April 18 bodily bon sens British empiricism British National Corpus can’t century clear sense cognitive scenario collocations common sense conscious context contrast count noun deep sense Descartes discourse empirical English language Erfahrung Erlebnis examples from COBUILD expressions fact following example following explication French Globish Google searches happening human Hume ibid implies keen sense kind knowledge linked Locke Locke’s March March 11 March March March mass noun meaning modern English moral sense noun one’s particular people’s person perspective philosophical phrase polysemy real sense reason refer Reid right and wrong semantic Sense and Sensibility sense of anger sense of direction sense of fear sense of guilt sense of humor sense of injustice sense of right sense of shame sensible sharp sense someone can feel speaking strong sense TABLE things Thomas Reid thought word evidence word experience word sense