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Semantic fieldwork and lexical universals

Goddard, Cliff; Wierzbicka, Anna


The main goal of paper is to show how NSM findings about lexical universals (semantic primes) can be applied to semantic analysis in little-described languages. It is argued that using lexical universals as a vocabulary for semantic analysis allows one to formulate meaning descriptions that are rigorous, cognitively authentic, maximally translatable, and free from Anglocentrism. A second goal is to shed light on methodological issues in semantic fieldwork by interrogating some controversial...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Studies in Language
DOI: 10.1075/sl.38.1.03god


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