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

1st Edition

Bert Peeters

Routledge
Published January 21, 2019
Reference - 148 Pages
ISBN 9781138745308 - CAT# Y328018
Series: Routledge Studies in Linguistics

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Summary

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) mind is 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.

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