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Title: Evidence, Experience, Sense
Subtitle: The Hidden Cultural Legacy of English
Written By: Anna Wierzbicka
Description:

This book is based on two ideas: first, that any language-English no less than
any other-represents a universe of meaning, shaped by the history and
experience of the men and women who have created it, and second, that in
any language certain culture-specific words act as linchpins for whole
networks of meanings, and that penetrating the meanings of those key words
can therefore open our eyes to an entire cultural universe. In this book Anna
Wierzbicka demonstrates that three uniquely English words-evidence,
experience, and sense-are exactly such linchpins. Using a rigorous plain
language approach to meaning analysis, she unpackages the dense cultural
meanings of these key words, disentangles their multiple meanings, and
traces their origins back to the tradition of British empiricism. In so doing she
reveals much about cultural attitudes embedded not only in British and
American English, but other global varieties of English.

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0195368002
ISBN-13: 9780195368000
Pages: 512
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ISBN: 0195368010
ISBN-13: 9780195368017
Pages: 512
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