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КультураUnderstanding Cultures through Their Key Words (English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese)

Understanding Cultures through Their Key Words (English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese)
Автор:Wierzbicka Anna
Название: Understanding Cultures through Their Key Words (English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese)
Издательство: Oxford University Press
Год: 1997
Формат: PDF
Размер: 19 Mb
Язык: English
Для сайта: eKnigi.org

In this groundbreaking book, Wierzbicka demonstrates that every language has its "key concepts" and that these key concepts reflect the core values of the culture. Further, she argues that within a culture-independent analytical framework one can study, compare, and even explain cultures to outsiders through their key concepts. The framework Wierzbicka proposes is the well-known "natural semantic metalanguage" that she developed with her colleagues. For this study, Wierzbicka focuses on four languages and cultures:Japanese , Australian English, Polish, and Russian. She identifies "culture laden" words in each of these languages; these words are, in a sense, "untranslatable. " She shows, however, that the words can be "explained" by meansof the semantic metalanguage's hypothetical semantic primitives such as someone, something, do, happen, want, say, know, think, good, bad , etc.

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