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'Want' is a lexical and conceptual universal: Reply to Khanina

Goddard, Cliff; Wierzbicka, Anna


The question of whether or not all languages have a word for 'want' (as in 'I know what you want, I want the same') is far more important than many linguists appear to realize. Having studied and debated this question for many years, we welcome Olesya Khanina's (2008) paper "How universal is 'wanting'?", which, we believe, addresses a question of fundamental importance. Our own view - which we have sought to substantiate in a large number of publications, over many years (cf. Wierzbicka 1972,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Studies in Language
DOI: 10.1075/sl.34.1.04god


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