Semantics: Primes and Universals by Anna WierzbickaSemantics: Primes and Universals by Anna Wierzbicka

Semantics: Primes and Universals

byAnna Wierzbicka

Paperback | February 1, 1996

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Conceptual primitives and semantic universals are the cornerstones of a semantic theory which Anna Wierzbicka has been developing for many years. Semantics: Primes and Universals is a major synthesis of her work, presenting a full and systematic exposition of that theory in a non-technicaland readable way. It delineates a full set of universal concepts, as they have emerged from large-scale investigations across a wide range of languages undertaken by the author and her colleagues. On the basis of empirical cross-linguistic studies it vindicates the old notion of the 'psychic unityof mankind', while at the same time offering a framework for the rigorous description of different languages and cultures.
Anna Wierzbicka is at Australian National University.
Title:Semantics: Primes and UniversalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:February 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198700032

ISBN - 13:9780198700036

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`SCC is a welcome addition to Wierzbicka's inexhaustible semantic explications, revealing as it does a general theory and application that can be challenged, tested, and modified. The wide range of topics is typical of those that anyone involved in a cross-cultural work would need to explore,explain and translate ... such detailed analysis can help the native speakers of a language to become more aware of the semantic implications of the words and expressions that they use.'K.J. Franklin, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Australian Journal of Linguistics