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Professor Cliff Goddard


Cliff Goddard

School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
+61 (0)7 3735 3807 (Work)
N06 -1.07, Nathan Campus

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Cliff Goddard's research interests lie at the intersection of language, meaning, and culture. He works primarily in the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach to the study of meaning in language. For 25 years he has been a leading proponent of this framework, in partnership with its originator Anna Wierzbicka, Goddard has published widely in theoretical and descriptive semantics, language description and typology, pragmatics and ethnopragmatics, intercultural communication, and Australian English. Much of his work has an interdisciplinary orientation and/or interdisciplinary appeal, particularly for cultural anthropology, psychology, and communication studies. In the 1980s, he undertook documentation and analysis of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara dialects of the Western Desert Language (Central Australia). In the 1990s, his focus shifted to Malay (Bahasa Melayu), resulting in a number of studies on the semantics and cultural pragmatics of that language. Since 2000, he has mainly been working in typological semantics, often in collaboration with other scholars, and on the lexical and grammatical semantics of English.


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    Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research2012