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LINGUIST List 23.4866

Thu Nov 22 2012

Books: Cultural Semantics and Social Cognition: Levisen

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Nov-2012
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Cultural Semantics and Social Cognition: Levisen
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Title: Cultural Semantics and Social Cognition
Subtitle: A Case Study on the Danish Universe of Meaning
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 257

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
http://www.degruyter.com/mouton


Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/184940?format=G


Author: Carsten Levisen

Electronic: ISBN: 9783110294651 Pages: 333 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110294606 Pages: 333 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Abstract:

Presenting original, detailed studies of keywords of Danish, this book breaks
new ground for the study of language and cultural values. Based on evidence
from the semantic categories of everyday language, such as the Danish concept
of hygge (roughly meaning, 'pleasant togetherness'), the book provides an
integrative socio-cognitive framework for studying and understanding
language-particular universes. It is argued that the worlds we live in are not
linguistically and conceptually neutral, but rather that speakers who live by
Danish concepts are likely to pay attention to their world in ways suggested
by central Danish keywords and lexical grids. By means of a sophisticated
semantic methodology, the author accounts for the meanings of even highly
culture-specific and untranslatable linguistic concepts.

The book offers new tools for comparative research into the diversity of
semantic and cultural systems in contemporary Europe. Additionally, it
contributes to the emerging discipline of cultural semantics, and to the
ongoing debates of linguistic diversity, metalanguage, and the use of
linguistic evidence in studies of culture and social cognition.




Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
Semantics

Subject Language(s): Danish (dan)


Written In: English (eng)

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