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Meanings are anthropocentric

N. J. Enfield

in The Utility of Meaning: What Words Mean and Why

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198709831
eISBN:
9780191780141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709831.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter examines the anthropocentric nature of word meaning, starting with verbs of separation in Lao. Goal-directed behaviour is a rationale for word meanings, and a natural logic in word ... More


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