Two levels of verbal communication, universal and culture-specific

Date

2016

Authors

Wierzbicka, Anna

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De Gruyter Mouton

Abstract

The 'naive' (non-scientific) models of the human person embedded in everyday language differ a great deal across languages and often lead us to the heart of the shared cultural values of the speech community in question. Even within Europe the models of the human person embedded in different languages are quite diverse. Remarkably, all human cultures appear to agree that human beings have a body (that people can see) and 'something else' (that people can't see), The construal of this 'something else', however, differs a great deal across languages, cultures, and epochs.

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intercultural communication, cross-linguistic semantics, NSM theory, universal human concepts, ‘soul’ and ‘mind’ across languages, cultural keywordsand global understanding

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Book chapter

Book Title

Verbal Communication

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DOI

10.1515/9783110255478-024

Restricted until

2099-12-31