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Professor Anna Wierzbicka

MA (Warsaw), PhD (Polish Academy of Sciences), Habilitation (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Elected: 1996

Discipline: Linguistics

Specialisation: semantic primes, universal human concepts, universal grammar, cultural scripts, cultural key words, human universals, Australian English, Australian Culture

Profile

Professor Anna Wierzbicka holds a personal chair in the School of Language Studies, Faculty of Arts, at the Australian National University. Her special areas of expertise include semantics, language and culture, cross-cultural communication, and human emotions (in their relation to language). Her latest books are: Understanding Cultures through their Key Words: English, Russian, Polish, German, Japanese. (OUP, 1997), Emotions across Languages and Cultures: Diversity and Universals (OUP, 1999), What Did Jesus Mean: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts (OUP, 2001). The English Language; Meaning, History and Culture (OUP, forthcoming).

Other areas of current research include:

  • language and religion
  • the English language, values and ethics in crosscultural perspective

Publications

  • Anna Wierzbicka and Cliff Goddard (eds) (2002) Meaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and Empirical Findings. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Anna Wierzbicka (2001) What Did Jesus Mean? Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Anna Wierzbicka (1999) Emotions Across Languages and Cultures: Diversity and Universals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Anna Wierzbicka (1997) Understanding Cultures through their Key Words: English, Russian, Polish, German, Japanese. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Anna Wierzbicka (1996) Semantics: Primes and Universals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Contact

Contact Information

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

    ABN: 59 957 839 703
  • Location: 26 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601
  • Postal: GPO Box 1956, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • +61 .2 62491788
  • +61 .2 62474335
  • secretariat@assa.edu.au