The Language of Memory in a Crosslinguistic Perspective

| University of New South Wales
ISBN 9789027223753 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027291790 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This book offers, for the first time, a detailed comparative study of how speakers of different languages express memory concepts. While there is a robust body of psycholinguistic research that bears on how memory and language are related, there is no comparative study of how speakers themselves conceptualize memory as reflected in their use of language to talk about memory. This book addresses a key question: how do speakers of different languages talk about the experience of having prior experiences coming to mind (‘remembering’) or failing to come to mind (‘forgetting’)? A complex array of answers is provided through detailed grammatical and semantic investigation of different languages, including English, German, Polish, Russian and also a number of non-Indo-European languages, Amharic, Cree, Dalabon, Korean, and Mandarin. In addition, the book calls for a broader interdisciplinary engagement by urging that cognitive semantics be integrated with other sciences of memory.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 21]  2007.  xii, 284 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
About the editor and contributors
1. Introduction: The language of memory
Mengistu Amberber
2. Is "remember" a universal human concept? "Memory" and culture
Anna Wierzbicka
3. Language, memory, and concepts of memory: Semantic diversity and scientific psychology
John Sutton
4. Standing up your mind: Remembering in Dalabon
Nicholas Evans
5. The conceptualisation of remembering and forgetting in Russian
Anna A. Zalizniak
6. A "lexicographic portrait" of forgetting
Cliff Goddard
7. 'Memorisation', learning and cultural cognition: The notion of bèi ('auditory memorisation') in the written Chinese tradition
Zhengdao Ye
8. A corpus-based analysis of German (sich) erinnern
Andrea C. Schalley and Sandra Kuhn
9. "Do you remember where you put the key?": The Korean model of remembering
Kyung-Joo Yoon
10. The language of memory in East Cree
Marie-Odile Junker
11. Remember, remind, and forget in Amharic
Mengistu Amberber
Author index
Language index
Subject index
“In conclusion [...], this volume devoted to 'The Language of Memory in a Crosslinguistic Perspective' is a book which has long been sought and will serve the goals it is intended for most suitably.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007025378 | Marc record