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Title: Cross-Linguistic Semantics
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (editor)
Publication Date: 2008
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2137
Abstract: This set of studies explores and demonstrates cross-linguistic semantics as practised in the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) framework, originated by Anna Wierzbicka. The opening chapters give a state-of-the-art overview of the NSM model, propose several theoretical innovations and advance a number of original analyses in connection with names and naming, clefts and other specificational sentences, and discourse anaphora. Subsequent chapters describe and analyse diverse phenomena in ten languages from multiple families, geographical locations, and cultural settings around the globe. Three substantial studies document how the metalanguage of NSM semantic primes can be realised in languages of widely differing types: Amharic (Ethiopia), Korean and East Cree. Each constitutes a lexicogrammatical portrait in miniature of the language concerned. Other chapters probe topics such as inalienable possession in Kromu (Papua New Guinea), epistemic verbs in Swedish, hyperpolysemy in Bunuba (Australia), the expression of "momentariness" in Berber, ethnogeometry in Makasai (East Timor), value concepts in Russian, and "virtuous emotions" in Japanese.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789027205698
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
HERDC Category Description: A3 Book - Edited
Other Links: http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/33441556
http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%20102
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=RE9Ale7afmEC
Extent of Pages: 356
Series Name: Studies in Language Companion Series (SLCS)
Series Number : 102
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