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Experience, Evidence, and Sense: The Hidden Cultural Legacy of English

Anna Wierzbicka


This book is based on two ideas: first, that any language—English no less than any other—represents a universe of meaning, shaped by the history and experience of the men and women who have created it; and second, that in any language certain culture-specific words act as linchpins for whole networks of meanings, and that penetrating the meanings of those key words can therefore open our eyes to an entire cultural universe. This book demonstrates that three uniquely English words—evidence, experience, and sense—are exactly such linchpins. Using a rigorous plain language approach to meaning ana ... More

Keywords: language, English, universe of meaning, cultural universe, linchpin, British empiricism, cultural attitudes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195368000
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Wierzbicka, author
Australian National University
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