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Title: Natural Semantic Metalanguage
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (author)
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1016/B0-08-044854-2/01060-9
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Abstract: Natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) is both a theory of language description, originated by Anna Wierzbicka, and its method of semantic representation: a minilanguage of empirically established universal semantic primes along with their inherent universal grammar. The article outlines how the theory evolved from the early 1970s and how semantic primes can be identified within and across languages. It illustrates the NSM technique of semantic explication using a selection of English words from different lexical domains (causatives, emotions, social categories, and natural kind words). It also explains how intermediate-level 'semantic molecules' constructed from semantic primes enter into the structure of more complex concepts.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, v.8, p. 544-551
Publisher: Elsevier
Place of Publication: Amsterdam; London
ISBN: 0080443648
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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