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Title: The Natural Semantic Metalanguage Approach
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: The basic conviction behind the NSM approach - bolstered by scores of empirical studies - is that meaning is the key to insightful and explanatory descriptions of most linguistic phenomena, phonetics and phonology excepted. Meaning is also the bridge between language and cognition, and between language and culture. Compartmentalizing language (or linguistic analysis) into syntax, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics therefore makes little sense. In linguistics, meaning is everybody's business. The Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) is a decompositional system of meaning representation based on empirically established universal semantic primes, i.e., simple indefinable meanings which appear to be present as word-meanings in all languages (Wierzbicka 1996a; Goddard 1998; Goddard and Wierzbicka 2002; Peeters 2006; Goddard 2008). Originating with Wierzbicka (1972), the system has been developed and refined over some 35 years. There is a large body of descriptive-analytical work in the framework, not only about English but Russian, Polish, French, Spanish,Malay, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Ewe, East Cree, and other languages.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis, p. 459-484
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: Oxford, England
ISBN: 019954400X
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
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