Beyond lexical semantics
This chapter begins by emphasising the importance of words and meanings in people’s lives, drawing on literature; in particular, on the literature of bilingual experience. It then looks outwards from the lexicon and surveys some of the ways in which the tools of semantic analysis can be used for exploring cultural norms and values, for clarifying thinking in the human sciences, and for helping to document and conserve unique human concepts embedded in the lexicons of endangered languages.
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