Cultural conceptualisations and language
This ground-breaking book marks a milestone in the history of the newly developed field of Cultural Linguistics, a multidisciplinary area of research that explores the relationship between language and cultural conceptualisations. The most authoritative book in the field to date, it outlines the theoretical and analytical framework of Cultural Linguistics, elaborating on its key theoretical/analytical notions of cultural cognition, cultural schema, cultural category, and cultural metaphor. In addition, it brings to light a wide array of cultural conceptualisations drawn from many different languages and language varieties. The book reveals how the analytical tools of Cultural Linguistics can produce in-depth and insightful investigations into the cultural grounding of language in several domains and subdisciplines, including embodiment, emotion, religion, World Englishes, pragmatics, intercultural communication, Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL), and political discourse analysis. By presenting a comprehensive survey of recent research in Cultural Linguistics, this book demonstrates the relevance of the cultural conceptualisations encoded in language to all aspects of human life, from the very conceptualisations of life and death, to conceptualisations of emotion, body, humour, religion, gender, kinship, ageing, marriage, and politics. This book, in short, is a must-have reference work for scholars and students interested in Cultural Linguistics.
[Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts, 8] 2017. xvii, 171 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of figures
About the author
Note on transliteration conventions of Persian transcripts
Chapter 1. Cultural Linguistics: An overview
Chapter 2. Cultural conceptualisations and language: The analytical framework
Chapter 3. Embodied cultural metaphors
Chapter 4. Research methods in Cultural Linguistics
Chapter 5. Cultural Linguistics and pragmatics
Chapter 6. Cultural Linguistics and emotion research
Chapter 7. Cultural Linguistics and religion
Chapter 8. Cultural Linguistics and political discourse
Chapter 9. Cultural Linguistics and World Englishes
Chapter 10. Cultural Linguistics and intercultural communication
Chapter 11. Cultural Linguistics and Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL)
Chapter 12. Cultural Linguistics and linguistic relativity
Chapter 13. Recent developments and research initiatives on language and culture
“ Cultural Linguistics provides a brilliant overview over the theoretical foundations, analytical dimensions, and practical applications of the emergent framework of studying language as a dynamic system instantiating cultural conceptualisations. By linking new, ground-breaking theoretical and methodological models with linguistic examples from languages on all continents and from intercultural communication (and miscommunication), Farzad Sharifian opens new perspectives on linguistic relativity, metaphor studies, pragmatics, emotion research, religious and political discourses, World Englishes and Teaching English as an International Language. The research programme of Cultural Linguistics is truly under way.”
Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia
“ Cultural Linguistics represents an important milestone in the development of research into the relationship between language and cultural conceptualisations. It provides the reader with a detailed discussion of the theoretical and analytical framework of Cultural Linguistics. The work includes in-depth discussions of the instruments of analysis which are being utilized by this increasingly influential approach to unravelling the way that language, culture, and conceptualisation are intertwined. Moreover, these instruments are put into practice in a wide-ranging and brilliantly argued set of chapters in which the role of cultural schemas, cultural metaphors and cultural categories, is laid out and elaborated upon, using many concrete examples drawn several languages and language varieties. The book provides the reader not only with an overview of the field, including the relationship between Cultural Linguistics and cultural relativity, but also demonstrates how these tools of analysis can be brought to bear on a variety of topics. In short, I consider this work to be the most important contribution to the emerging field of Cultural Linguistics to date.”
Roslyn M. Frank, The University of Iowa
“Over the last decade or so, Cultural Linguistics has witnessed tremendous growth and development theory-, methodology-, and application-wise. [T]he trailblazing spearhead figure within Cultural Linguistics is undoubtedly Farzad Sharifian who has written several key publications since the early 2000s.[...]While primarily aimed at fellow researchers, the monograph is written such that it is relatively easy to read, and even novice academics (such as BA students who have been introduced to academic writing), should not find tackling the monograph a daunting task.[...]CL maps out the Cultural Linguistic landscape, which is not only helpful to the groups of readers mentioned above, but also important, as it can help prospective, novice and even veteran Cultural Linguist navigate the landscape of Cultural-Linguistic theorizing and findings.”
Kim Ebensgaard, University of Copenhagen, in RASK, Volume 48 (Autumn, 2018)
“To sum up, the book is an introduction and guidebook to the newly developed field of Cultural Linguistics, recommended for the interested general reader, educators, scholars and students interested in the interaction of language and culture. The chapters are well structured, coherent and numerous colour illustrations and charts increase readability.”
Marion Grein, University of Mainz, in Language and Dialogue 8:2 (2018)
“To sum up, this book makes multiple contributions, helping researchers who are interested in studies of the relationship between language, culture, and cognition.”
Jie Huang, School of Foreign Languages, Wuhan, China, in Intercultural Pragmatics 2019; 16:5:, pp.619–624
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009020 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Morphology