Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication

Ethnopragmatics and Semantic Analysis

  • Kerry Mullan
  • Bert Peeters
  • Lauren Sadow

About this book


This book is the first in a three-volume set that celebrates the career and achievements of Cliff Goddard, a pioneer of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach in linguistics. In addition, it explores ethnopragmatics and conversational humour, with a further focus on semantic analysis more broadly.

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 Natural Semantic Metalanguage Semantic primes Semantic molecules Cultural scripts Minimal English Conversational Humour Words as Carriers of Cultural Meaning Cultural Keywords Semantic Analysis Lexical Semantics Language Teaching Cross-cultural communication Intercultural communication

Editors and affiliations

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

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