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Experience, Evidence, and Sense: The Hidden Cultural Legacy of English (Paperback)
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Experience, Evidence, and Sense: The Hidden Cultural Legacy of English (Paperback)

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Paperback 472 Pages / Published: 15/07/2010
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This book is based on two ideas: first, that any language-English no less than any other-represents a universe of meaning, shaped by the history and experience of the men and women who have created it, and second, that in any language certain culture-specific words act as linchpins for whole networks of meanings, and that penetrating the meanings of those key words can therefore open our eyes to an entire cultural universe. In this book Anna Wierzbicka demonstrates that three uniquely English words-evidence, experience, and sense-are exactly such linchpins. Using a rigorous plain language approach to meaning analysis, she unpackages the dense cultural meanings of these key words, disentangles their multiple meanings, and traces their origins back to the tradition of British empiricism. In so doing she reveals much about cultural attitudes embedded not only in British and American English, but other global varieties of English. An interdisciplinary work, Experience, Evidence, and Sense is accessible to both scholars and students in linguistics and English, as well as historians of ideas, sociologists, anthropologists, literary scholars, and scholars of communication.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195368017
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 678 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 34 mm


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Wierzbicka's stunning ability to distinguish fine shades of meaning (and often to correct the Oxford English Dictionary) makes this book as exciting as it is accessible. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. * D.L.Patey, CHOICE *
All in all, the book is a thought-provoking contribution to the history of ideas. It is to be hoped that it will inspire rigorous work in several lines of research. * Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Language *

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