Linguistic and cultural identities in Africa - Wierzbicka meets Hofstede
- 7 December 2018
- This Time for Africa!
- P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Wierzbicka has shown that in principle, one can talk about differences in cultural values by looking at differences in meaning between key words in different languages. Hofstede has demonstrated a way of discussing differences in cultural values by looking at survey responses. In principle, both methods provide a way of describing cultural similarities and differences that is independent of received wisdom. In the research for my Master thesis, I have attempted to use the Hofstede method for examining the overlap or difference between cultural and linguistic identities in Africa. The outcome is not a uniform picture. The talk will provide a brief overview of some of the most interesting results.