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Title: Cultural Semantics and Social Cognition
Subtitle: A Case Study on the Danish Universe of Meaning
Written By: Carsten Levisen
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 257

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.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): Danish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110294606
Pages: 333
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110294651
Pages: 333
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95