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"There is no Sex in the Soviet Union": From Sex to Seks

Wierzbicka, Anna; Gladkova, Anna


In Russian, the loan word seks is linked for many speakers with a famous episode from the pre-perestrojka period when in the course of one of the first Soviet–American tele-bridges a Russian respondent famously declared: “U nas seksa net …”, ‘there is no sex in the Soviet Union’. Focussing on seks as a loan word in Russian and exploring the meaning of its ubiquitous English counterpart in a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective, this paper shows that the meaning of sex is a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication: Minimal English (and Beyond)
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-32-9979-5_4


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