Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication

Minimal English (and Beyond)

  • Lauren Sadow
  • Bert Peeters
  • Kerry Mullan

About this book


This book is the third in a three-volume set that celebrates the career and achievements of Cliff Goddard, a pioneer of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach in linguistics. This third volume explores the potential of Minimal English, a recent offshoot of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage, with special reference to its use in Language Teaching and Intercultural Communication.

Often considered the most fully developed, comprehensive and practical approach to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural semantics, Natural Semantic Metalanguage is based on evidence that there is a small core of basic, universal meanings (semantic primes) that can be expressed in all languages. It has been used for linguistic and cultural analysis in such diverse fields as semantics, cross-cultural communication, language teaching, humour studies and applied linguistics, and has reached far beyond the boundaries of linguistics into ethnopsychology, anthropology, history, political science, the medical humanities and ethics.


Ethnopragmatics Cultural Semantics Intercultural Communication Semantic Analysis Language Teaching and Intercultural Communication Semantic primes Semantic molecules Natural Semantic Metalanguage Australian English Semantics and geopolitics in the Danosphere Postcolonial prepositions Minimal English

Editors and affiliations

  • Lauren Sadow
    • 1
  • Bert Peeters
    • 2
  • Kerry Mullan
    • 3
  1. 1.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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