Semantics: Primes and Universals

Oxford University Press (1996)
Conceptual primitives and semantic universals are the cornerstones of a semantic theory which Anna Wierzbicka has been developing for many years. Semantics: Primes and Universals is a major synthesis of her work, presenting a full and systematic exposition of that theory in a non-technical and readable way. It delineates a full set of universal concepts, as they have emerged from large-scale investigations across a wide range of languages undertaken by the author and her colleagues. On the basis of empirical cross-linguistic studies it vindicates the old notion of the "psychic unity of mankind", while at the same time offering a framework for the rigorous description of different languages and cultures.
Keywords Semantics  Universals (Linguistics  Grammar, Comparative and general  Language and culture
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Call number P325.5.U54.W54 1996
ISBN(s) 0198700032   0198700024   9780198700036
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Jennifer Nagel (2007). Epistemic Intuitions. Philosophy Compass 2 (6):792–819.
Anna Wierzbicka (2003). Emotion and Culture: Arguing with Martha Nussbaum. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 31 (4):577-600.

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