Anna Wierzbicka  

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"Two twentieth-century American linguists have been particularly influential in shaping a "linguistics without meaning": Leonard Bloomfield and Noam Chomsky." --Semantics: Primes and Universals, 1996, Anna Wierzbicka

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Anna Wierzbicka (born 10 March 1938 in Warsaw) is a Polish linguist who is Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra. Brought up in Poland, she graduated from Warsaw University and emigrated to Australia in 1972, where she has lived since. With over twenty published books, many of which were translated into foreign languages, she is a prolific writer.

Wierzbicka is known for her work in semantics, pragmatics and cross-cultural linguistics, especially for the natural semantic metalanguage and the concept of semantic primes. Her research agenda resembles Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's original "alphabet of human thought". Wierzbicka credits her colleague, linguist Andrzej Bogusławski, with reviving it in the late 1960s.




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Cultural anthropology - Wilhelm von Humboldt - Pragmatics - List of linguists - Natural semantic metalanguage - Ethnolinguistics - Linguistic universal - Timeline of Polish science and technology - Abraham Mitrie Rihbany - Psychological anthropology - Linguistic discrimination - No worries - Cliff Goddard - Semantic primes - Burarra - Hopi time controversy

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