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Words and Meanings: Lexical Semantics Across Domains, Languages, and Cultures

Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka


This book presents a series of systematic, empirically based studies of word meanings. Each chapter investigates key expressions drawn from different domains of the lexicon – concrete, abstract, physical, sensory, emotional, and social. The examples chosen are complex and culturally important: they include the cross-linguistic semantics of basic social categories like men, women, and children, of physical qualities like hot, hard, and rough, of emotions like happiness, of words to express pain, of speech-acts including suggesting and apologising, and of abstract nouns including trauma, tempera ... More

Keywords: Meaning, Linguistics, Lexicon, Semantics, Language and Culture, Cross-Linguistic Semantics, Polysemy, Semantic Primes, Translatability, Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cliff Goddard, author
Professor of Linguistics, Griffith University, Brisbane

Anna Wierzbicka, author
Professor of Linguistics, Australian National University