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By Farzad Sharifian

ISBN-10: 9027204047

ISBN-13: 9789027204042

ISBN-10: 902728718X

ISBN-13: 9789027287182

This publication provides a multidisciplinary theoretical version of cultural conceptualisations and language. Viewing language as firmly grounded in cultural cognition, the version attracts on analytical instruments and theoretical developments in numerous disciplines, together with cognitive linguistics, cognitive anthropology, anthropological linguistics, disbursed cognition, complexity technological know-how, and cognitive psychology. the result's a framework that has major implications for these disciplines in addition to for utilized linguistics. functions of the version to intercultural verbal exchange, cross-cultural pragmatics, English as a global Language/World Englishes, and political discourse research are explored intimately.

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31 32 Cultural Conceptualisations and Language EH: M: EH: M: EH: M: EH: M: EH: M: EH: L: EH: L: EH: L: EH: L: EH: L: EH: L: EH: L: EH: Oh yeah an Coles That’s on my Mum’s side, my Mum related to Coles Um do you know, do you know um, Shane Cole? Yeah that’s my cousin. Mum’s cousin I think We’ ah yeah, thas my brother, cousin brother Well there’s um there’s an older one as well isn’t there? Um Donny... and but they’re all sisters, um Marcia but we just call her Marce, Marcia Collins an um um Kate and um...

Nan watched. When the dog, Big Brother, Aunty, Sister, Cousin, Little Brother and I played on the raft in the river, it sank. Nan laughed.  (Briggs-Pattison & Harvey, 1998) This text, among many others, depends on the fact that family is the essence of Aboriginal existence. It is almost impossible to study an Aboriginal cultural group without understanding the structure and function of the Aboriginal family since it is the main pillar of the Aboriginal psyche and cultural group. As Eades (1988:â•›98) puts it “[w]hen people talk about being Aboriginal, they invariably talk about Aboriginal family relationships”.

In discourse, a marked conceptualisation may surface as an unfamiliar vocabulary item, a distinctive pattern of use, a distinctive pattern of association, a distinctive frequency of usage, etc. It should, however, be noted that cultural conceptualisations are not always distinctively marked by surface features of discourse. In fact, the analyst may need to seek emic explanations to identify conceptualisations that are culture-specific. The emic perspective is required in this approach to provide ‘insider’ interpretations of discourse.

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