Ethnolinguistics and Cultural Concepts

Ethnolinguistics and Cultural Concepts : Truth, Love, Hate and War

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'Ethnolinguistics' is the study of how language relates to culture and ethnicity. This book offers an original approach to ethnolinguistics, discussing how abstract concepts such as truth, love, hate and war are expressed across cultures and ethnicities. James W. Underhill seeks to situate these key cultural concepts within four languages (English, French, Czech and German). Not only do these concepts differ from language to language, but they go on changing over time. The book explores issues such as how far meaning is politically and culturally influenced, how far language shapes the thought of ethnic groups and how far their thought shapes language, and the role of individuals in the consolidation of cultural concepts. It offers a clear and thought-provoking account of how concepts are understood and will be welcomed by those working in the fields of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, semantics and pragmatics.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2 b/w illus.
  • 1139372998
  • 9781139372992

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'This is a fascinating cross-cultural and cross-linguistic study of discourse, an energetic attempt to give ethnolinguistics its proper place. It is a profound discussion and exploration of major cultural concepts, the patterns of vocabulary and metaphor used to express and construct them, and the discourse strategies used to apply them. A rich analysis of the concepts and metaphors for truth, love, hate and war.' Andrew Goatly, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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Table of contents

1. Hope, Obama and the neoconservative worldview; 2. Ethnolinguistics; 3. The shapes of truth; 4. Love; 5. Hate; 6. War; 7. A final word.
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