Heart- and Soul-Like Constructs across Languages, Cultures, and Epochs: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Heart- and Soul-Like Constructs across Languages, Cultures, and Epochs

1st Edition

Edited by Bert Peeters


148 pages

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All languages and cultures appear to have one or more "mind-like" constructs that supplement the human body. Linguistic evidence suggests they all have a word for someone, and another word for body, but that doesn’t mean that whatever else makes up a human being (i.e. someone) apart from the body is the same everywhere. Nonetheless, the (Anglo) mindis often reified and thought of in universal terms. This volume adds to the literature that denounces such reification. It looks at Japanese, Longgu (an Oceanic language), Thai, and Old Norse-Icelandic, spelling out, in a culturally neutral Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM), how the "mind-like" constructs in these languages differ from the Anglo mind.

Table of Contents

  1. Delving into Heart- and Soul-Like Constructs: Describing EPCs in NSM

    Bert Peeters

  2. Inochi and Tamashii: Incursions into Japanese Ethnopsychology

    Yuko Asano-Cavanagh

  3. Longgu: Conceptualizing the Human Person from the Inside Out

    Deborah Hill

  4. Tracing the Thai ‘Heart’: The Semantics of a Thai Ethnopsychological Construct

    Chavalin Svetanant

  5. Exploring Old Norse-Icelandic Personhood Constructs with the Natural Semantic Metalanguage

    Colin Mackenzie

About the Editor

Bert Peeters is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra; an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University, Brisbane; and editor of Semantic primes and universal grammar (2006) and Language and cultural values: adventures in applied ethnolinguistics (2015). His research interests are French linguistics and Natural Semantic Metalanguage.

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Routledge Studies in Linguistics

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General