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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Cultural Linguistics: a New Multidisciplinary Field of Research

Author: Hyejeong Ahn

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

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Cultural Linguistics is a multidisciplinary area of research that explores the relationship between language, culture, and conceptualisation. Originally, this area grew out of an interest in integrating cognitive linguistics with the three traditions within linguistic anthropology of Boasian linguistics, ethnosemantics, and the ethnography of speaking. For Cultural Linguistics, many features of human languages are entrenched in cultural conceptualisations, including cultural models.

In recent years, while Cultural Linguistics has maintained its interest in cognitive linguistic research’s exploration of the role of culture as a source of conceptualising experience, it has drawn on several other disciplines and sub-disciplines, such as complexity science, distributed cognition, and cognitive anthropology to enrich its theoretical understanding of the notion of cultural cognition. Applications of Cultural Linguistics have enabled fruitful investigations of the cultural grounding of language in several applied domains such as World Englishes, intercultural communication, and political discourse analysis. Research carried out within these applied areas has shed significant light on the nature of the relationship between language and culture.

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