This book offers, for the first time, a detailed comparative study of how speakers of different languages express memory concepts. While there is a robust body of psycholinguistic research that bears on how memory and language are related, there is no comparative study of how speakers themselves conceptualize memory as reflected in their use of language to talk about memory. This book addresses a key question: how do speakers of different languages talk about the experience of having prior experiences coming to mind (`remembering') or failing to come to mind (`forgetting')? A complex array of answers is provided through detailed grammatical and semantic investigation of different languages, including English, German, Polish, Russian and also a number of non-Indo-European languages, Amharic, Cree, Dalabon, Korean, and Mandarin. In addition, the book calls for a broader interdisciplinary engagement by urging that cognitive semantics be integrated with other sciences of memory.
1. Preface; 2. About the editor and contributors; 3. 1. Introduction: The language of memory (by Amberber, Mengistu); 4. 2. Is "remember" a universal human concept? "Memory" and culture (by Wierzbicka, Anna); 5. 3. Language, memory, and concepts of memory: Semantic diversity and scientific psychology (by Sutton, John); 6. 4. Standing up your mind: Remembering in Dalabon (by Evans, Nicholas); 7. 5. The conceptualisation of remembering and forgetting in Russian (by Zalizniak, Anna A.); 8. 6. A "lexicographic portrait" of forgetting (by Goddard, Cliff); 9. 7. 'Memorisation', learning and cultural cognition: The notion of bei ('auditory memorisation') in the written Chinese tradition (by Ye, Zhengdao); 10. 8. A corpus-based analysis of German (sich) erinnern (by Schalley, Andrea C.); 11. 9. "Do you remember where you put the key?": The Korean model of remembering (by Yoon, Kyung-Joo); 12. 10. The language of memory in East Cree (by Junker, Marie-Odile); 13. 11. Remember, remind, and forget in Amharic (by Amberber, Mengistu); 14. Author index; 15. Language index; 16. Subject index