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Understanding Cultures Through Their Key Words: English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese

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  • Understanding Cultures Through Their Key Words: English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese (Oxford University Press, USA) – Trade paperback (2002)
    by Anna Wierzbicka

    Understanding Cultures Through Their Key Words: English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese

    Trade paperback, Oxford University Press, USA
    2002
    English
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    328 pages

    ISBN: 0195088360
    ISBN-13: 9780195088366

    This work demonstrates that every language has its "key concepts" (expressed in key words) and that these concepts reflect the core values of the culture in question. Examining empirical evidence from five lanuages, and using its own "natural semantic metalanguage" to provide an analytical framework, it shows that cultures can be revealingly studied, compared and explained to outsiders through their key concepts.

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