Cultural Models in Language and Thought

ISBN-10: 0521311683

ISBN-13: 9780521311687

Edition: 1987

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Description: The papers in this volume, a multidisciplinary collaboration of anthropologists, linguists, and psychologists, explore the ways in which cultural knowledge is organized and used in everyday language and understanding. Employing a variety of methods, which rely heavily on linguistic data, the authors offer analyses of domains of knowledge ranging across the physical, social, and psychological worlds, and reveal the importance of tacit, presupposed knowledge in the conduct of everyday life. The authors argue that cultural knowledge is organized in 'cultural models' - storylike chains of prototypical events that unfold in simplified worlds - and explore the nature and role of these models. They demonstrate that cultural knowledge may take either proposition-schematic or image-schematic form, each enabling the performance of different kinds of cognitive tasks. Metaphor and metonymy are shown to have special roles in the construction of cultural models. The authors also demonstrates that some widely applicable cultural models recur nested within other, more special-purpose models. Finally, it is shown that shared models play a critical role in thinking, allowing humans to master, remember, and use the vast amount of knowledge required in everyday life. This innovative collection will appeal to anthropologists, linguists, psychologists, philosophers, students of artificial intelligence, and other readers interested in the processes of everyday human understanding.

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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/30/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Dorothy Holland is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Donald M. Nonini is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Preface
List of Contributors
Introduction
Culture and cognition
Presupposed worlds, language, and discourse
The definition of lie: an examination of the folk models underlying a semantic prototype
Linguistic competence and folk theories of language: two English hedges
Prestige and intimacy: the cultural models behind Americans' talk about gender types
A folk model of the mind
Reasoning and problem solving from presupposed worlds
Proverbs and cultural models: an American psychology of problem solving
Convergent evidence for a cultural model of American marriage
The role of metaphor and analogy in representing knowledge of presupposed worlds
The cognitive model of anger inherent in American English
Two theories of home heat control
How people construct mental models
Negotiating social and psychological realities
Myth and experience in the Trobriand Islands
Goals, events, and understanding in Ifaluk emotion theory
Ecuadorian illness stories: cultural knowledge in natural discourse
Explanatory systems in oral life stories
An appraisal
Models, "folk" and "cultural": paradigms regained?
Index
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