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From “colour words” to visual semantics: English, Russian, Warlpiri

Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

in Words and Meanings: Lexical Semantics Across Domains, Languages, and Cultures

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199668434
eISBN:
9780191748691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668434.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Lexicography

This chapter shows how we can move beyond the myth of “basic colour terms” and re-interpret the colour words of English and Russian in universal terms, i.e. in terms that are equally applicable to ... More


Naming the World or Construing the World?

Anna Wierzbicka

in Imprisoned in English: The Hazards of English as a Default Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199321490
eISBN:
9780199369263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321490.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, English Language

This chapter addresses the widespread illusion that the structure of reality can be discussed in English in a way independent of the structure of the English language itself. It also discusses ... More


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