Analysis of kinship terms using natural semantic metalanguage: Anna Wierzbicka's approach

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This paper provides a brief overview of some of the works by Anna Wierzbicka devoted to the study of kinship terms in different languages and cultures (Wierzbicka 2016a, 2016b, 2017). The paper considers the approach of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM), proposed by Wierzbicka for describing the semantics of kinship terms based on the use of lexical universals and shows the advantages of this approach in comparison with other methods of analysis. It demonstrates advantages of this method over other methods of semantic analysis, including overcoming eurocentrism tendencies in the analysis of kinship terms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-710
Number of pages10
JournalRussian Journal of Linguistics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018



  • Kinship terms
  • Natural Semantic Metalanguage
  • Wierzbicka

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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