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By Mengistu Amberber

This e-book bargains, for the 1st time, a close comparative research of the way audio system of alternative languages exhibit reminiscence ideas. whereas there's a strong physique of psycholinguistic learn that bears on how reminiscence and language are similar, there's no comparative learn of ways audio system themselves conceptualize reminiscence as mirrored of their use of language to speak about reminiscence. This ebook addresses a key query: how do audio system of other languages discuss the adventure of getting past stories coming to brain (‘remembering’) or failing to return to brain (‘forgetting’)? a posh array of solutions is supplied via distinct grammatical and semantic research of other languages, together with English, German, Polish, Russian and likewise a few non-Indo-European languages, Amharic, Cree, Dalabon, Korean, and Mandarin. furthermore, the e-book demands a broader interdisciplinary engagement by way of urging that cognitive semantics be built-in with different sciences of reminiscence.

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When I think about it now I can think about it in the same way f. I want to think about it in this way now As this explication shows, the older meaning of remember included two “active” components (a. ), which are not present in the more recent meaning: “I’m thinking about it now” and “I want to think about it now”, that is, two components of deliberate thinking about the past. ): not only “I know what it is like”, but also “it is like this”, where “this” refers to something “seen in one’s mind’s eye”.

That most treasured of all his possessions returned all the way with him to his beloved native-land. The little book is for Gałczyński a priceless “pamiątka” – and so is his mother’s hairpin, which he has kept all his life among this book’s pages, and to which he devoted a moving poem. Kira Gałczyńska explicitly comments on the typicality of her father’s veneration of his “pamiątki” – relics – “po mamie” (literally ‘after mother’): This is the first time I have related this story. Up till now I had lacked the courage to make it generally known.

Remember implies knowledge which has its source in personal experience, but it doesn’t have to be knowledge of something that “happened to me”: what happened to me is the source of the knowledge, not its content. In the case of memories, however, it is both the source and the content. Furthermore, the verb remember, as it is currently used, implies also a possibility of loss: the personal knowledge based on one’s own experience could have gotten   Anna Wierzbicka lost but has not; it is still “in the person’s head”.

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