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Words and MeaningsLexical Semantics Across Domains, Languages, and Cultures$
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Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668434.001.0001

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Broader horizons

Broader horizons

Beyond lexical semantics

(p.238) 10 Broader horizons
Words and Meanings

Cliff Goddard

Anna Wierzbicka

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   bilingualism, cultural scripts, cultural psychology, evolutionary anthropology, endangered languages

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