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Lexical Layers of Identity
Words, Meaning, and Culture in the Slavic Languages

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  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108606325

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  • Focusing on Slavic languages, Danko Šipka provides a systematic approach to lexical indicators of cultural identity. In contrast to existing research, which focuses heavily on syntactic and phonological approaches, Šipka's approach is novel, more systematic and encompassing, and postulates three lexical layers of cultural identity: deep, exchange, and surface. The deep layer pertains to culture-specific words, divisions, and features that are generally not subject to change and intervention. The exchange layer includes lexical markers of cultural influences resulting from lexical borrowing, which situates the speakers into various cultural circles. This layer is subject to gradual changes and some limited level of intervention from linguistic elites is possible. Finally, the surface layer encompasses the processes and consequences of lexical planning. It is subject to abrupt changes and it is shaped in constant negotiation between linguistic elites and general body of speakers.

    • Proposes a more systematic and more encompassing way of studying the nexus of language and culture
    • Provides a linguistic approach where the lexicon and lexical peculiarities play a central role, in contrast to the dominant syntactic and phonological approaches in global linguistics
    • Revives Slavic studies by positioning the material at the front and centre of the research, rather than using it to simply exemplify general linguistic points
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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108606325
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 75 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. A conceptual map
    2. Relevant research traditions
    3. Research methodology
    4. Lexeme-level culture-bound words, divisions, and features
    5. Lexicon-based culture-bound field density
    6. Stability and change
    7. Cultural influences
    8. Geographical contact
    9. Inbound and outbound exchange
    10. Lexical planning
    11. Lexicographic traditions
    12. Attitudes
    13. Interaction between the layers
    14. Main findings
    15. An outlook.

  • Author

    Danko Šipka, Arizona State University
    Danko Šipka is a Professor of Slavic Languages and Applied Linguistics at Arizona State University. His research interests include lexicography, lexicology, morphology, and computational linguistics. His publications encompass over 150 papers and reviews as well as thirty books including Lexical Conflict (Cambridge, 2015).

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