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Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication

Meaning and Culture

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

  • 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

Bert Peeters is an honorary associate professor at the Australian National University, Canberra, and an adjunct associate professor at Griffith University, Brisbane. He previously held appointments at the University of Tasmania and at Macquarie University, Sydney. His main research interests are in the areas of French linguistics, intercultural communication, and language and cultural values,with special reference to French and to Australian English.

Kerry Mullan is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Languages at RMIT University. She teaches French language and culture, and sociolinguistics. Her main research interests are cross-cultural communication and differing interactional styles, particularly those of French and Australian English speakers. She also researches in the areas of intercultural pragmatics, discourse analysis, language teaching and conversational humour.
Lauren Sadow’s research focus is on intercultural communication and language teaching. Her Ph.D. thesis (Australian National University, Canberra) proposes a new pedagogy for teaching intercultural communicative competence in ESL classrooms. In addition to these main interests, Lauren has an interest in intercultural pragmatics, lexicography, and the teaching of linguistics at the tertiary level.

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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.
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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