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

Wierzbicka, Anna; Gladkova, Anna

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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]

dc.contributor.authorWierzbicka, Anna
dc.contributor.authorGladkova, Anna
dc.contributor.editorSadow, Lauren
dc.contributor.editorPeeters, Bert
dc.contributor.editorMullan, Kerry
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-11T23:23:38Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-981-329-979-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/216031
dc.description.abstractIn 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 conceptual artefact of modern Anglo culture and that the differences between the two words can be illuminated through Minimal English
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSpringer Singapore
dc.relation.ispartofStudies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication: Minimal English (and Beyond)
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.rights© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
dc.subjectSex
dc.subjectSeks
dc.subjectRussian
dc.subjectEnglish
dc.subjectNatural semantic metalanguage (NSM)
dc.subjectPolysemy
dc.subjectCross-cultural comparison
dc.title"There is no Sex in the Soviet Union": From Sex to Seks
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor200408 - Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9803255xPUB2637
local.publisher.urlhttps://link.springer.com
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWierzbicka, Anna, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGladkova, Anna, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage53
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage72
local.identifier.doi10.1007/978-981-32-9979-5_4
local.identifier.absseo970120 - Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
dc.date.updated2020-07-06T08:30:35Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationThe Netherlands
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