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Wierzbicka, Anna

Works: 64 works in 544 publications in 7 languages and 17,960 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Translator, Other
Classifications: PE1585, 401.43
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Anna Wierzbicka
Understanding cultures through their key words : English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

46 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Cross-cultural pragmatics : the semantics of human interaction by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

32 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: "The book can be regarded as a recapitulation of results obtained in all former scholarly projects carried by its author. [It] is one if the best manuals of widely understood pragmatics and ethnolinguistics of human speech, the more so as the traditoinal grammars and handbooks of linguistics usually leave the ethnography of speech in the background of linguistics analyses."Tomasz Wicherkiewicz in: Linguistics and Oriental Studies from Poznan
Emotions across languages and cultures : diversity and universals by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this ground-breaking new book, Anna Wierzbicka brings psychological, anthropological and linguistic insights to bear on our understanding of the way emotions are expressed and experienced in different cultures, languages, and culturally shaped social relations. The expression of emotions in the face, body, and modes of speech are all explored, and Wierzbicka shows how the bodily expression of emotion varies across cultures and challenges traditional approaches to the study of facial expressions. As well as offering a new perspective on human emotions based on the analysis of languages and way of talking about emotion by analyzing empirical evidence from different languages and cultures, this fascinating and controversial book attempts to identify universals of human emotion. This book will be invaluable to academics and students of emotion across the Social Sciences
English : meaning and culture by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anna Wierzbicka, a distinguished linguist known for her theories of semantics, has written the first book that connects the English language with what she terms "Anglo" culture. Wierzbicka points out that language and culture are not just interconnected, but inseparable. This is evident to non-speakers trying to learn puzzling English expressions. She uses original research to investigate the "universe of meaning" within the English language (both grammar and vocabulary) and places it in historical and geographical perspective. For example, she looks at the history of the terms "right" and "wrong" and how with the influence of the Reformation "right" came to mean "correct." She examines the ideas of "fairness" and "reasonableness" and shows that, far from being cultural universals, they are in fact unique creations of modern English. (Midwest)
Semantics, culture, and cognition : universal human concepts in culture-specific configurations by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

23 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not everything that can be said in one language can be said in another. The lexicons of different languages seem to suggest different conceptual universes. Investigating cultures from a universal, language-independent perspective, this book rejects analytical tools derived from the English language and Anglo-culture and proposes instead a "natural semantic metalanguage" formulated in English words but based on lexical universals. The outcome of two and a half decades of research, the metalanguage is made of universal semantic primitives in terms of which all meanings, including the most culture-specific ones, can be described and compared in a precise and illuminating way. Integrating insights from linguistics, cultural anthropology, and cognitive psychology, and written in simple, non-technical language Semantics, culture, and cognition isaccessible not only to scholars and students, but also to the general reader interested in semantics and the relationship between language and culture."--Page 4 of cover
What did Jesus mean? : explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the parables in simple and universal human concepts by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Polish and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linguist Anna Wierzbicka casts new light on the words of Jesus by taking her theory of universal human concepts and bringing it to bear on Jesus' parables and the Sermon on the Mount. Her approach results in strikingly novel interpretations
Semantics : primes and universals by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Titul Sémantika: elementární a univerzální sémantické jednotky se venuje základním jednotkám sémantické teorie, kterou Anna Wierzbiczka rozvíjela po mnoho let. Publikace je syntézou autorciny práce na této teorii a predstavuje její prístupný, komplexní a systematický prehled. Jazyk predstavuje predevším nástroj, který slouží k vyjadrování významu, struktura tohoto nástroje odráží vždy jeho funkci, a muže tedy být správne pochopena jedine na jejím základe. Tato kniha zachycuje kompletní soubor univerzálních pojmu, který autorka se svými kolegy sestavila na základe rozsáhlých výzkumu nejruznejší
The semantics of grammar by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

17 editions published between 998 and 1988 in English and Multiple languages and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The semantics of grammar" presents a radically semantic approach to syntax and morphology. It offers a methodology which makes it possible to demonstrate, on an empirical basis, that syntax is neither "autonomous" nor "arbitrary", but that it follows from "semantics". It is shown that every grammatical construction encodes a certain semantic structure, which can be revealed and rigorously stated, so that the meanings encoded in grammar can be compared in a precise and illuminating way, within one language and across language boundaries. The author develops a semantic metalanguage based on lex
Experience, evidence, and sense : the hidden cultural legacy of English by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An interdisciplinary work, Experience, Evidence, and Sense is accessible to both scholars and students in linguistics and English, as well as historians of ideas, sociologists, anthropologists, literary scholars, and scholars of communication
English speech act verbs : a semantic dictionary by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

12 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lexicography and conceptual analysis by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Semantic and lexical universals : theory and empirical findings by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

15 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This set of papers represents a unique collection; it is the first attempt ever to empirically test a hypothetical set of semantic and lexical universals across a number of genetically and typologically diverse languages. In fact the word 'collection' is not fully appropriate in this case, since the papers report research undertaken specifically for the present volume, and shaped by the same guidelines. They constitute parallel and strictly comparable answers to the same set of questions, coordinated effort with a common aim, and a common methodology. The goal of identifying the universal human
Imprisoned in English : the hazards of English as a default language by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

19 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Imprisoned in English, Anna Wierzbicka argues that in the present English-dominated world, millions of people - including academics, lawyers, diplomats, and writers - can become "prisoners of English", unable to think outside English. In particular, social sciences and the humanities are now increasingly locked in a conceptual framework grounded in English. To most scholars in these fields, treating English as a default language seems a natural thing to do. The book's approach is interdisciplinary, and its themes range over areas of central interest to anthropology, psychology, and sociology, among others. The linguistic material is drawn from languages of America, Australia, the Pacific, South-East Asia and Europe. Wierzbicka argues that it is time for human sciences to take advantage of English as a global lingua franca while at the same time transcending the limitations of the historically-shaped conceptual vocabulary of English. And she shows how this can be done
Emotions in crosslinguistic perspective( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume aims to enrich the current interdisciplinary theoretical discussion of human emo-tions by presenting studies based on extensive linguistic data from a wide range of languages of the world. Each language-specific study gives detailed semantic descriptions of the meanings of culturally salient emotion words and expressions, offering fascinating insights into people's emotional lives in diverse cultures including Amharic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Lao, Malay, Mbula, Polish and Russian. The book is unique in its emphasis on empirical language data, analyzed in a framework free of ethnocentrism and not dependent upon English emotion terms, but relying instead on independently established conceptual universals. Students of languages and cultures, psychology and cognition will find this volume a rich resource of description and analysis of emotional meanings in cultural context
Semantic primitives by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meaning and universal grammar : theory and empirical findings by Cliff Goddard( Book )

30 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume two in a set of studies founded on the idea that universal grammar is based on - indeed, inseparable from - meaning. The theoretical framework is the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) approach originated by Anna Wierzbicka and developed in collaboration with Cliff Goddard
Translating lives : living with two languages and cultures( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Australia prides itself on being multicultural, many Australians have little awareness of what it means to live in two cultures at once, and of how much there is to learn about other cultural perspectives
The case for surface case by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

8 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Words and meanings : lexical semantics across domains, languages, and cultures by Cliff Goddard( Book )

19 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a series of cross-cultural investigations of word meaning, Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka examine key expressions from different domains of the lexicon - concrete, abstract, physical, sensory, emotional, and social. They focus on complex and culturally important words in a range of languages that includes English, Russian, Polish, French, Warlpiri and Malay"--Del editor
Praktyczna stylistyka by Anna Wierzbicka( Book )

20 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in Polish and Undetermined and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Emotions across languages and cultures : diversity and universals
Alternative Names
Anna Wierzbicka linguista polacca

Anna Wierzbicka polnische Linguistin

Anna Wierzbicka polski językoznawca

Anna Wierzbicka Pools taalkundige

Vežbicka, A.

Vežbicka, Anna 1938-

Vežbickaâ, A.

Vežbickaâ, Anna.

Vežbickaja, Anna 1938-

Vezhbit︠s︡kai︠a︡, A.

Vezhbit︠s︡kai︠a︡, A. (Anna)

Vezhbit︠s︡kai︠a︡, Anna

Wierzbicka, Anna

Анна Вежбицкая

Вежбицкая, Анна

비어즈비스카, 애나 1938-

ヴィエルジュビツカ, アンナ

ヴェジビツカ, アンナ

Cross-cultural pragmatics : the semantics of human interactionEmotions across languages and cultures : diversity and universalsEnglish : meaning and cultureSemantics, culture, and cognition : universal human concepts in culture-specific configurationsWhat did Jesus mean? : explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the parables in simple and universal human conceptsSemantics : primes and universalsThe semantics of grammarExperience, evidence, and sense : the hidden cultural legacy of English