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LINGUIST List 16.2287

Fri Jul 29 2005

Diss: Anthropological Ling: Michel: 'Australian ...'

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        1.    Annett Michel, Australian English and the Conceptualization of the Australian Ethos

Message 1: Australian English and the Conceptualization of the Australian Ethos
Date: 29-Jul-2005
From: Annett Michel <amichelekit.com>
Subject: Australian English and the Conceptualization of the Australian Ethos

Institution: Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Germany
Program: Linguistics: Doktorandenprogramm
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2005

Author: Annett Michel

Dissertation Title: Australian English and the Conceptualization of the Australian Ethos

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

Dissertation Director:
Martin Pütz
Joseph Schmied
Günther Weise

Dissertation Abstract:

Does language display cultural aspects? According to a number of linguists
today, this thought is regarded as axiomatic. Nevertheless, a rigorous
scientific analysis based on empirical data has previously been
fundamentally neglected. Based on Palmers' (1996) Theory of Cultural
Linguistics which combines in an interdisciplinary approach a number of
rather different scientific theories, this dissertation uses empirical data
to examine the historical development of Australian English with respect to
the historical development of the cultural aspect of the Australian ethos.

The most prominent and widely used features such as analogies, rhyming
slang, the taboo word 'bloody', prosodic elements, or the use of
diminutives in Australian English are discussed in how they diachronically
and synchronically correlate to aspects of the Australian ethos. For
comparison of these rather different aspects of human nature, the Natural
Semantic Metalanguage by Anna Wierzbicka was used.

The results support the hypothesis that both aspects are closely related to
each other, and that highly used linguistic features of a language reflect
historical as well as contemporary developments of the cultural aspect of
the ethos of the people who share this language.

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