Cliff Goddard

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Cliff Goddard
Born (1953-05-12) 12 May 1953 (age 66)
Academic background
Alma materAustralian National University
Academic work
Main interestssemantics, pragmatics, natural semantic metalanguage, ethnopragmatics, language typology and cross-cultural linguistics

Cliff Goddard (born 5 December 1953 in Canberra) is a professor of linguistics at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.[1] He is, with Anna Wierzbicka, a leading proponent of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach to linguistic analysis.[2] Goddard's research has explored cognitive and cultural aspects of everyday language and language use, and he is considered a leading scholar in the fields of semantics, and cross-cultural pragmatics.[3] His work spans English, (especially Australian English), indigenous Australian languages (Yankunytjatjara, Pitjantjatjara), and South East Asian languages (especially Malay).

Selected publications[edit]

  • Goddard, Cliff, ed. (2008). Cross-Linguistic Semantics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. ISBN 90-272-0569-8.
  • Goddard, Cliff, ed. (2006). Ethnopragmatics: Understanding Discourse in Cultural Context. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-018874-0.
  • Goddard, Cliff (2005). The Languages of East and Southeast Asia: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-927311-1.
  • Goddard, Cliff; Wierzbicka, Anna, eds. (2002). Meaning and Universal Grammar – Theory and Empirical Findings. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. ISBN 90-272-3064-1.
  • Goddard, Cliff (1998). Semantic Analysis – A Practical Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-870016-4.
  • Goddard, Cliff; Wierzbicka, Anna, eds. (1994). Semantic and Lexical Universals – Theory and Empirical Findings. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. ISBN 90-272-3028-5.


  1. ^ "Professor Cliff Goddard". UNE Staff. University of New England. 5 December 2008. Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  2. ^ Schalley, Andrea C.; Zaefferer, Dietmar (2007). Ontolinguistics: how ontological status shapes the linguistic coding of concepts. Mouton de Gruyter. p. 460. ISBN 3-11-018997-6.
  3. ^ Senft, Gunter; Östman, Jan-Ola; Verschueren, Jef, eds. (2009). Culture and Language Use. John Benjamins. ISBN 90-272-0779-8.

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