Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication

Meaning and Culture

Editors: Peeters, Bert, Mullan, Kerry, Sadow, Lauren (Eds.)

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  • Endorses the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach in linguistics
  • Addresses a broad range of areas in which Natural Semantic Metalanguage has been used in scholarly research
  • Will appeal to a wide audience of scholars and postgraduate students in linguistics and related fields
  • Explores Words as Carriers of Cultural Meaning, Swear Words, and “Nice Words” 
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This book is the second in a three-volume set that celebrates the career and achievements of Cliff Goddard, a pioneer of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach in linguistics. It focuses on meaning and culture, with sections on "Words as Carriers of Cultural Meaning" and "Understanding Discourse in Cultural Context". 

Often considered the most fully developed, comprehensive and practical approach to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural semantics, Natural Semantic Metalanguage is based on evidence that there is a small core of basic, universal meanings (semantic primes) that can be expressed in all languages. It has been used for linguistic and cultural analysis in such diverse fields as semantics, cross-cultural communication, language teaching, humour studies and applied linguistics, and has reached far beyond the boundaries of linguistics into ethnopsychology, anthropology, history, political science, the medical humanities and ethics. 

About the authors

Kerry Mullan is Associate Professor and Convenor of Languages in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. She teaches French language and culture, and sociolinguistics. Her main research interests are cross-cultural communication and the differing interactional styles of French and Australian English speakers. She also researches in the areas of intercultural pragmatics, discourse analysis, language teaching and in humour in social interactions. Her publications include Expressing opinions in French and Australian English discourse: A semantic and interactional analysis (2010) and Cross-culturally speaking, speaking cross-culturally (ed. with B. Peeters and C. Béal, 2013). 

Bert Peeters is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University, and a Gastprofessor at the University of Antwerp. His main research interests are in French linguistics, intercultural communication, and language and cultural values. His publications include Les primitifs sémantiques (ed., 1993), The lexicon-encyclopedia interface (ed., 2000), Semantic primes and universal grammar (ed., 2006),Tu ou vous: lembarras du choix (ed. with N. Ramière, 2009), Cross-culturally speaking, speaking cross-culturally (ed. with K. Mullan and C. Béal, 2013), and Heart- and soul-like constructs across languages, cultures, and epochs (ed., 2019).

Lauren Sadow is a sessional academic at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her main research interests are teaching culture, interactional norms, cultural lexicography, and cross-cultural communication. Her PhD thesis created an NSM-based dictionary titled The Australian Dictionary of Invisible Culture for Teachers.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Culture Is Everywhere!

    Pages 1-14

    Peeters, Bert

  • In Staunch Pursuit: The Semantics of the Japanese Terms Shūkatsu ‘Job Hunting’ and Konkatsu ‘Marriage Partner Hunting’

    Pages 17-33

    Asano-Cavanagh, Yuko (et al.)

  • Cultural Keywords in Porteño Spanish: Viveza Criolla, Vivo and Boludo

    Pages 35-56

    Hein, Jan

  • The “Aussie” Bogan: An Occasioned Semantics Analysis

    Pages 57-84

    Rowen, Roslyn

  • The Comfort of Home as an Ethical Value in Mike Packer’s Inheritance

    Pages 85-101

    Butter, Stella (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication
Book Subtitle
Meaning and Culture
Editors
  • Bert Peeters
  • Kerry Mullan
  • Lauren Sadow
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-329-975-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-32-9975-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-329-974-0
Softcover ISBN
978-981-329-977-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 225
Number of Illustrations
76 b/w illustrations
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