Professor Anna Wierzbicka receives the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit!

Professor Anna Wierzbicka receives the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit!
Friday 16 November 2012

Professor Anna Wierzbicka was presented with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit on Friday 9 November 2012, at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, on the occasion of the Independence Day of Poland.  This is an award of the President of Poland, Mr Bronislaw Komorowski.

Professor Anna Wierzbicka is a Professor in the Linguistics Program within the School of Language Studies. In her 1972 book “Semantic Primitives” she launched a theory now known under the acronym “NSM” (Natural Semantic Metalanguage), which is now internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading theories of language and meaning. This approach has been used in hundreds of semantic studies across many languages and cultures.

She has published over twenty books and edited or co-edited several others. Her work spans a number of disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, philosophy and religious studies as well as linguistics, and has been published in many journals across all these disciplines (e.g., Language, American Anthropologist, Man, Anthropological Linguistics, Cognition and Emotion, Culture and Psychology, Ethos, Philosophica, Brain and Behaviourial Sciences, The Journal of Cognition and Culture etc). Professor Wierzbicka is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences; she has been awarded the Humboldt Research Prize for Foreign Scholars in Humanities.

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