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Empirical Universals of Language as a Basis for the Study of Other Human Universals and as a Tool for Exploring Cross-Cultural Differences

Wierzbicka, Anna


My main thesis can be summed up in two sentences: first, genuine universals of culture or cognition cannot be formulated if we do not have at our disposal some well established universals of language; and second, generalizations about cross-cultural differences can be sharpened and tightened if they are based on universals of language. The idea is simple and can be presented in the following series of statements: In searching for either universal or culture-specific features of human cognition...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethos: The Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology
DOI: 10.1525/eth.2005.33.2.256


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