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Talking about our Bodies and their Parts in Warlpiri

Wierzbicka, Anna; Goddard, Cliff


Linguists generally assume that all languages have some words for parts of the human body such as ‘head’, ‘hands’, ‘mouth’ and ‘legs’, but it is not so widely agreed that speakers of all languages can speak—or even consciously think—of the designata of such words as ‘parts of the body’. In particular, it has been claimed that the Australian language Warlpiri lacks any suitable lexical equivalent of ‘part(s)’. Using data from the Warlpiri English Encyclopedic Dictionary, this study contests this...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Linguistics
DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2018.1393862


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