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Ethnolinguistics and Cultural Concepts
Truth, Love, Hate and War


  • Date Published: June 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107532847

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  • 'Ethnolinguistics' is the study of how language relates to culture and ethnicity. This book offers an original approach to ethnolinguistics, discussing how abstract concepts such as truth, love, hate and war are expressed across cultures and ethnicities. James W. Underhill seeks to situate these key cultural concepts within four languages (English, French, Czech and German). Not only do these concepts differ from language to language, but they go on changing over time. The book explores issues such as how far meaning is politically and culturally influenced, how far language shapes the thought of ethnic groups and how far their thought shapes language, and the role of individuals in the consolidation of cultural concepts. It offers a clear and thought-provoking account of how concepts are understood and will be welcomed by those working in the fields of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, semantics and pragmatics.

    • Proposes a new and wider view of ethnolinguistics based on European approaches to language difference
    • Offers a linguistically informed and philosophically provocative approach to studying emotions (loving and hating) and fundamental concepts (truth and war)
    • Challenges established approaches to theories about the relationship between language and thought
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    'This is a fascinating cross-cultural and cross-linguistic study of discourse, an energetic attempt to give ethnolinguistics its proper place. It is a profound discussion and exploration of major cultural concepts, the patterns of vocabulary and metaphor used to express and construct them, and the discourse strategies used to apply them. A rich analysis of the concepts and metaphors for truth, love, hate and war.' Andrew Goatly, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107532847
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Hope, Obama and the neoconservative worldview
    2. Ethnolinguistics
    3. The shapes of truth
    4. Love
    5. Hate
    6. War
    7. A final word.

  • Author

    James W. Underhill, Université Stendhal, Grenoble
    James W. Underhill is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France.

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