English: Meaning and Culture

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Oxford University Press, Apr 27, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
It is widely accepted that English is the first truly global language and lingua franca. Anna Wierzbicka, the distinguished linguist known for her theories of semantics, has written the first book that connects the English language with what she terms "Anglo" culture. Wierzbicka points out that language and culture are not just interconnected, but inseparable. She uses original research to investigate the "universe of meaning" within the English language (both grammar and vocabulary) and places it in historical and geographical perspective. This engrossing and fascinating work of scholarship should appeal not only to linguists and others concerned with language and culture, but the large group of scholars studying English and English as a second language.
 

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Contents

From Philosophy to Everyday Discourse
59
Part III Anglo Culture Reflected in English Grammar
169
Part IV Conclusion
297
Notes
315

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About the author (2006)

Anna Wierzbicka is Professor of Linguistics at Australian National University. She has an international reputation for her work on semantics, pragmatics, and cross-cultural linguistics. Other published works include What Did Jesus Mean? (OUP, 2001), Semantics, Culture, and Cognition (OUP, 1992), and
Semantic Primitives, in which she is credited with establishing the Natural Semantic Metalanguage.

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