Cliff Goddard

List of John Benjamins publications for which Cliff Goddard plays a role.

Book series

Journal

Titles

“Happiness” and “Pain” across Languages and Cultures

Edited by Cliff Goddard and Zhengdao Ye

[Benjamins Current Topics, 84] 2016. vi, 145 pp.
Subjects Anthropological Linguistics | Cognition and language | Semantics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

"Happiness" and "Pain" across Languages and Cultures

Edited by Cliff Goddard and Zhengdao Ye

Special issue of International Journal of Language and Culture 1:2 (2014) v, 141 pp.
Subjects Anthropological Linguistics | Applied linguistics | Cognition and language | Cognitive psychology | Communication Studies | Pragmatics

Cross-Linguistic Semantics

Edited by Cliff Goddard

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 102] 2008. xvi, 356 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Theoretical linguistics

Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics: Second revised edition

Edited by René Dirven † and Marjolijn H. Verspoor

[Cognitive Linguistics in Practice, 1] 2004. xii, 277 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language

Meaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings. 2 Volumes (set)

Edited by Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 60-61] 2002. xvi, 337 pp. & xvi, 337 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Theoretical linguistics | Typology

Meaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings. Volume 2

Edited by Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 61] 2002. xvi, 337 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Theoretical linguistics | Typology

Meaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings. Volume 1

Edited by Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 60] 2002. xvi, 337 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Theoretical linguistics | Typology

Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics

René Dirven † and Marjolijn H. Verspoor

[Cognitive Linguistics in Practice, 1 (1999)] 1999. xiv, 300 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language

Semantic and Lexical Universals: Theory and empirical findings

Edited by Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 25] 1994. viii, 510 pp.
Subjects Functional linguistics | Semantics

Articles

Cognitive linguists have not paid much attention to the conceptual semantics of basic adjectives used predicatively about physical objects, concentrating mainly on attributive constructions (e.g., adjective ordering, interactions between adjective and noun) or on figurative uses. Among the… read more
This paper explores ways in which applied semantics (coming out of Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach) can inform effective communicative strategies for action on climate change. After framing discussion, it presents three case studies, which are intentionally disparate in nature:… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2022 Componential analysisHandbook of Pragmatics: Manual, Verschueren, Jef and Jan-Ola Östman (eds.), pp. 229–237 | Chapter
Goddard, Cliff, Maite Taboada and Radoslava Trnavac 2019 The semantics of evaluational adjectives: Perspectives from Natural Semantic Metalanguage and AppraisalFunctions of Language 26:3, pp. 308–342 | Article
We apply the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach (Goddard & Wierzbicka 2014) to the lexical-semantic analysis of English evaluational adjectives and compare the results with the picture developed in the Appraisal Framework (Martin & White 2005). The analysis is corpus-assisted, with… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2017 The complex, language-specific semantics of “surprise”Expressing and Describing Surprise, Celle, Agnès and Laure Lansari (eds.), pp. 27–49 | Article
This study is conducted using the NSM (Natural Semantic Metalanguage) methodology, which seeks to explicate complex language-specific concepts into configurations of simple universal concepts (Goddard, 2011; Goddard & Wierzbicka, 2014a; cf. Ye, 2013). The study has three main dimensions. It begins… read more
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2016 Explicating the English lexicon of ‘doing and happening’Functions of Language 23:2, pp. 214–256 | Article
This study proposes NSM semantic explications for a cross-section of the English verbal lexicon of ‘doing and happening’. The twenty-five verbs are drawn from about a dozen verb classes, including verbs for non-typical locomotion (crawl, swim, fly), other intransitive activities (play, sing),… read more
Goddard, Cliff and Zhengdao Ye 2016 Exploring “happiness” and “pain” across languages and cultures“Happiness” and “Pain” across Languages and Cultures, Goddard, Cliff and Zhengdao Ye (eds.), pp. 1–18 | Article
This chapter argues that the cross-linguistic study of subjective experience as expressed, described and construed in language cannot be set on a sound footing without the aid of a systematic and non-Anglocentric approach to lexical semantic analysis. This conclusion follows from two facts, one… read more
This study examines the conceptual semantics of human locomotion verbs in two languages – English and German – using the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach. Based on linguistic evidence, it proposes semantic explications for English walk and run, and their nearest counterparts in German, i.e.… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2015 The complex, language-specific semantics of “surprise”Expressing and Describing Surprise, Celle, Agnès and Laure Lansari (eds.), pp. 291–313 | Article
This study is conducted using the NSM (Natural Semantic Metalanguage) methodology, which seeks to explicate complex language-specific concepts into configurations of simple universal concepts (Goddard, 2011; Goddard & Wierzbicka, 2014a; cf. Ye, 2013). The study has three main dimensions. It begins… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2014 On “Disgust”Linguistic Approaches to Emotions in Context, Baider, Fabienne H. and Georgeta Cislaru (eds.), pp. 73–98 | Article
Using the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach, this study explores conceptualisations of "disgust" in English via semantic analysis of descriptive adjectives (disgusted and disgusting) and interjections (Ugh! and Yuck!). As well as drawing out some subtle meaning differences between these… read more
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2014 Semantic fieldwork and lexical universalsStudies in Language 38:1, pp. 80–127 | Article
The main goal of paper is to show how NSM findings about lexical universals (semantic primes) can be applied to semantic analysis in little-described languages. It is argued that using lexical universals as a vocabulary for semantic analysis allows one to formulate meaning descriptions that are… read more
Goddard, Cliff and Zhengdao Ye 2014 Exploring “happiness” and “pain” across languages and cultures"Happiness" and "Pain" across Languages and Cultures, Goddard, Cliff and Zhengdao Ye (eds.), pp. 131–148 | Article
This paper argues that the cross-linguistic study of subjective experience as expressed, described and construed in language cannot be set on a sound footing without the aid of a systematic and non-Anglocentric approach to lexical semantic analysis. This conclusion follows from two facts, one… read more
The Lexical Function Degrad is a device used in Meaning-Text Theory (MTT) to select the appropriate verb for expressing ‘to become permanently worse or bad’ in combination with different nouns. For example, in English one says that fruit rots, milk goes off, shoes wear out, flowers wilt, and iron… read more
In the NSM approach to semantic analysis, semantic molecules are a well-defined set of non-primitive lexical meanings in a given language that function as intermediate-level units in the structure of complex meanings in that language. After reviewing existing work on the molecules concept… read more
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2010 ‘Want’ is a lexical and conceptual universal: Reply to KhaninaStudies in Language 34:1, pp. 108–123 | Article
The question of whether or not all languages have a word for ‘want’ (as in ‘I know what you want, I want the same’) is far more important than many linguists appear to realize. Having studied and debated this question for many years, we welcome Olesya Khanina’s (2008) paper “How universal is… read more
This study explores the conceptual semantics of numbers and counting, using the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) technique of semantic analysis (Wierzbicka 1996; Goddard & Wierzbicka (eds.) 2002). It first argues that the concept of a number in one of its senses (number1, roughly, “number… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2009 Componential analysisCulture and Language Use, Senft, Gunter, Jan-Ola Östman and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 58–67 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 2009 Cultural scriptsCulture and Language Use, Senft, Gunter, Jan-Ola Östman and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 68–80 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 2008 3. Towards a systematic table of semantic elementsCross-Linguistic Semantics, Goddard, Cliff (ed.), pp. 59–81 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 2008 1. Natural Semantic Metalanguage: The state of the artCross-Linguistic Semantics, Goddard, Cliff (ed.), pp. 1–34 | Article
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2008 Universal human concepts as a basis for contrastive linguistic semanticsCurrent Trends in Contrastive Linguistics: Functional and cognitive perspectives, Gómez González, María de los Ángeles, J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Elsa M. González Álvarez (eds.), pp. 205–226 | Article
This study sets out to demonstrate that the NSM metalanguage of semantic primes provides a stable language-neutral medium for fine-grained contrastive semantic analysis, in both the lexical and grammatical domains. The lexical examples are drawn from “yearning-missing” words in English, Polish,… read more
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2008 2. New semantic primes and new syntactic frames: "Specificational BE" and "abstract THIS/IT"Cross-Linguistic Semantics, Goddard, Cliff (ed.), pp. 35–57 | Article
Goddard, Cliff and Susanna Karlsson 2008 8. Re-thinking THINK in contrastive perspective: Swedish vs. EnglishCross-Linguistic Semantics, Goddard, Cliff (ed.), pp. 225–240 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 2007 6. A "lexicographic portrait" of forgetting The Language of Memory in a Crosslinguistic Perspective, Amberber, Mengistu (ed.), pp. 119–137 | Article
This study aims to provide a detailed analysis of the English verb ‘forget’. It examines its three main clausal complement types (to-complement, e.g. I forgot to lock the door, that-complement, e.g. I forgot that the door was locked, andwh-complement, e.g. I forgot where I put the key),… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2007 2. A culture-neutral metalanguage for mental state conceptsMental States: Volume 2: Language and cognitive structure, Schalley, Andrea C. and Drew Khlentzos (eds.), pp. 11–35 | Article
Because meaning is fundamental to language and culture, a practical technique for describing meanings and transposing them across languages has multiple practical applications. This chapter demonstrates several applications of the NSM approach to semantics: as a guide to core vocabulary in the… read more
All languages have words, such as English hot and cold, hard and soft, rough and smooth, and heavy and light, which attribute qualities to things. This paper maps out how such descriptors can be analysed in the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) framework, in terms of like and other semantic… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2006 Cultural ScriptsHandbook of Pragmatics: 2006 Installment, Verschueren, Jef and Jan-Ola Östman (eds.), pp. 1–16 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 2005 Componential analysisHandbook of Pragmatics: 2003–2005 Installment, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 1–12 | Article
This paper undertakes a fine-grained semantic analysis of some of the multiple uses of the polyfunctional verbal prefix ter- in Malay (Bahasa Melayu), the national language of Malaysia. The analysis is conducted within the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) framework originated by Anna… read more
Goddard, Cliff 2002 5. The On-going Development of the NSM Research ProgramMeaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 301–321 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 2002 1. The Search for the Shared Semantic Core of All LanguagesMeaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 5–40 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 2002 3. Semantic Primes and Universal Grammar in Malay (Bahasa Melayu)Meaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 87–172 | Article
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2002 Opening StatementMeaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 1–3 | Miscellaneous
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2002 Preface to Volume IIMeaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. xv ff. | Miscellaneous
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 2002 2. Semantic Primes and Universal GrammarMeaning and Universal Grammar: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 41–85 | Article
Goddard, Cliff and Jean Harkins 2002 9. Posture, location, existence, and states of being in two Central Australian languagesThe Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 213–238 | Chapter
Goddard, Cliff 1997 The semantics of coming and goingPragmatics 7:2, pp. 147–162 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 1995 Componential analysisHandbook of Pragmatics: Manual, Verschueren, Jef, Jan-Ola Östman and Jan Blommaert † (eds.), pp. 147–153 | Article
Goddard, Cliff 1994 9 Lexical Primitives in YankunytjatjaraSemantic and Lexical Universals: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 229 ff. | Chapter
Goddard, Cliff 1994 1 Semantic Theory and Semantic UniversalsSemantic and Lexical Universals: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 7 ff. | Chapter
Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka 1994 2 Introducing Lexical PrimitivesSemantic and Lexical Universals: Theory and empirical findings, Goddard, Cliff and Anna Wierzbicka (eds.), pp. 31 ff. | Chapter