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Experience, Evidence, and SenseThe Hidden Cultural Legacy of English$
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Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368000.001.0001

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From Having Sense to Making Sense

From Having Sense to Making Sense

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(p.368) 9 From Having Sense to Making Sense
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Experience, Evidence, and Sense
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Anna Wierzbicka (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368000.003.0009

This chapter shows how two hundred years ago, “being sensible” could be seen as the opposite of “having sense.” In present-day English, however, the two have come to be perceived as very close to one another. More precisely, sensible has become drawn into the orbit of sense (and common sense) and away from sensibility—a symbolic victory, one might say, of sense over sensibility in modern Anglo culture.

Keywords:   sense, sensibility, having sense, being sensible, semantic history

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