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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Language, Space, and Social Relationships
Subtitle: A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia
Written By: Giovanni Bennardo
Series Title: Language Culture and Cognition 9

The study of the relationship between language and thought, and how this
apparently differs between cultures and social groups, is a rapidly
expanding area of enquiry. This book discusses the relationship between
language and the mental organisation of knowledge, based on the results of
a fieldwork project carried out in the Kingdom of Tonga in Polynesia. It
challenges some existing assumptions in linguistics, cognitive anthropology
and cognitive science and proposes a new foundational cultural model,
'radiality', to show how space, time and social relationships are expressed
both linguistically and cognitively. A foundational cultural model is
knowledge that is repeated in several domains and shared within a cultural
homogeneous group. These knowledge structures are lenses through which we
interpret the world and guide our behaviour. The book will be welcomed by
researchers and students working within the fields of psycholinguistics,
anthropological linguistics, cognitive anthropology,
cognitive psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and cognitive science.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Tonga
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521883121
ISBN-13: 9780521883122
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00
U.S. $ 110.00