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Encyclopedia > Anna Wierzbicka

Anna Wierzbicka (b. 1938) was born in Poland and is a linguist at the Australian National University. She is primarily known for her work in semantics, pragmatics, and cross_cultural linguistics and especially for the Natural Semantic Metalanguage.

Books by Anna Wierzbicka:

  • What Did Jesus Mean? Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in simple and universal human concepts (2001)
  • Emotions Across Languages and Cultures: Diversity and universals (1999)
  • Understanding Cultures Through Their Key Words: English, Russian, Polish, German, Japanese (1997)
  • Semantics: Primes and Universals (1996)
  • Semantics, Culture and Cognition: Universal human concepts in culture-specific configurations (1992)
  • Cross-cultural pragmatics: The semantics of human interaction (1991)
  • The Semantics of Grammar (1988)
  • English Speech Act Verbs: A semantic dictionary (1987)
  • Lexicography and Conceptual Analysis (1985)
  • The Case for Surface Case (1980)
  • Lingua Mentalis: The semantics of natural language (1980)
  • Semantic Primitives (1972)

External link

  • http://arts.anu.edu.au/linguistics/arts_fac/staff/wierzbicka.html - Wierzbicka's page at ANU

  Results from FactBites:
Semantics: Primes and Universals by Anna Wierzbicka [ISBN: 0198700024] - Find Cheap Textbook Prices & Save BIG (555 words)
Conceptual primitives and semantic universals are the cornerstones of a semantic theory which Anna Wierzbicka has been developing for many years.
Wierzbicka's "Primes and Universals" is a summary of her decades of research.
However, it is interesting to note that although the NSM approach is so effective, Wierzbicka's works are not widely referred to in the works of other semanticists (or for the matter, other linguists) especially outside Australia.
UNE - nsm - NSM Semantics in Brief (1864 words)
In Anna Wierzbicka's writings the terms 'semantic' and 'conceptual' are used more or less interchangeably, the idea being that semantic primes represent elements of linguistic conceptualisation, i.e.
Wierzbicka's view (like that of Leibniz before her) is that semantic analysis is by its nature a conceptual inquiry, because meanings are not external or objective entities, but, so to speak, creatures of the mind.
In Anna Wierzbicka's 1972 book Semantic Primitives, only 14 semantic primitives were proposed and in her 1980 book Lingua Mentalis, the inventory was not much bigger.
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