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Title: 'Not taking yourself too seriously' in Australian English: Semantic explications, cultural scripts, corpus evidence
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1515/IPRG.2009.002
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Abstract: In the mainstream speech culture of Australia (as in the UK, though perhaps more so in Australia), taking yourself too seriously is culturally proscribed. This study applies the techniques of Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) semantics and ethnopragmatics (Goddard 2006b, 2008; Wierzbicka 1996, 2003, 2006a) to this aspect of Australian English speech culture. It first develops a semantic explication for the language-specific expression taking yourself too seriously, thus helping to give access to an "insider perspective" on the practice. Next, it seeks to identify some of the broader communicative norms and social attitudes that are involved, using the method of cultural scripts (Goddard and Wierzbicka 2004). Finally, it investigates the extent to which predictions generated from the analysis can be supported or disconfirmed by contrastive analysis of Australian English corpora as against other English corpora, and by the use of the Google search engine to explore different subdomains of the World Wide Web.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Intercultural Pragmatics, 6(1), p. 29-53
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Place of Publication: Berlin, Germany
ISSN: 1612-295X
Field of Research (FOR): 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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