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English: Meaning and Culture

Anna Wierzbicka

Abstract

English is the most widely-spoken language in the world, and it is rapidly becoming a global lingua franca. But it is not culturally neutral: like any other language, it carries with it a cultural baggage. There are many varieties of English, but there is also “Anglo” English (or what the Indian American linguist Braj Kachru has called the “English of the inner circle”). This book argues that rather than denying the existence and continued relevance of the cultural “baggage” embedded in English (“Anglo” English), it is important to explore the contents of that baggage — important for practical ... More

Keywords: English language, Anglo culture, cultural literacy, varieties of English, global lingua franca, semantic analysis, Natural Semantic Metalanguage, NSM approach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174748.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Wierzbicka, author
Australian National University
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