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Bodies and their parts: An NSM approach to semantic typology

Wierzbicka, Anna


This paper puts forward, on the basis of evidence and analysis, seven general principles of conceptualization of the body, reflected in the semantic organization of the 'body and body-parts' field across languages. It supplies a large set of semantic explications of English body-part terms, and it shows how ethno-anatomies can be described and compared through the use of the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM). It also returns to the controversial issue of the body-centric character of language...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Language Sciences
DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2006.07.002


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