The Language of Emotions: Conceptualization, expression, and theoretical foundation

The Language of Emotions: Conceptualization, expression, and theoretical foundation

By: Rene Dirven (editor), Susanne Niemeier (editor)Hardback

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Since the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Darwin's The Language of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), emotionology has become a respectable and even thriving research domain again. The domain of human emotions is most important for mankind, emotions being right in the center of our daily lives and interests. A key-role in the interdisciplinary scientific debate about emotions has now been accorded to the study of the language of emotions. The present volume offers a new approach to the study of the language of emotions insofar as it presents theories from very different perspectives. It encompasses studies by scholars from diverse disciplines such as linguistics, sociology, and psychology. The topics of the contributions also cover a range of special fields of interest in four major sections. In a first section, a discussion of theoretical issues in the analysis of emotions is presented. The conceptualization of emotions in specific cultures is analyzed in section 2. Section 3 takes a different inroad into the language of emotions by looking at developmental approaches giving evidence of the fact that the acquisition of the language of emotions is a social achievement that simultaneously determines our experience of these emotions. Section 4 is devoted to emotional language in action, that is, the contributions focus upon different types of texts and analyze how emotions are referred to and expressed in discourse.


1. Introduction (by Niemeier, Susanne); 2. I. Theoretical issues in the analysis of emotion; 3. Is the "psychologic" of trust universal? (by Smedslund, Jan); 4. The expressive function of language: Towards a cognitive semantic approach (by Foolen, Ad); 5. Toward a semiotic theory of affect (by Oller, Jr., John W.); 6. Emotions as cause and the cause of emotions (by Dirven, Rene); 7. II. The conceptualization of emotions in specific cultures; 8. Dholuo emotional language: An overview (by Omondi, Lucia); 9. The prepositions we use in the construal of emotions: Why do we say fed up with by sick and tired of? (by Osmond, Meredith); 10. Space, reference, and emotional involvement (by Inchaurralde Besga, Carlos); 11. Surprise, surprise: The iconicity-conventionality scale of emotions (by Kryk-Kastovsky, Barbara); 12. III. Developmental approaches to emotions; 13. The acquisition of verbal expressions for internal states in German: A descriptive, explorative, longitudinal study (by Kauschke, Christina); 14. On the usage of emotional language: A developmental view of the tip of an iceberg (by Bodor, Peter); 15. Emotion talk(s): The role of perspective in the construction of emotions (by Bamberg, Michael); 16. A response to Michael Bamberg (by Wierzbicka, Anna); 17. IV. Emotions in discourse; 18. French interjections and their use in discourse: ah dis donc les vieux souvenirs (by Drescher, Martina); 19. The contextualization of affect in reported dialogues (by Gunthner, Susanne); 20. Nonverbal expression of emotions in a business negotiation (by Niemeier, Susanne); 21. Emotions and emotional language in English and German new stories (by Ungerer, Friedrich); 22. Subject Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027221605
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 351
  • ID: 9789027221605
  • weight: 570
  • ISBN10: 902722160X

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