The Language of Emotions: The case of Dalabon (Australia) (Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts 4)

The Language of Emotions: The case of Dalabon (Australia) (Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts 4)

By: Maia Ponsonnet (author)Hardback

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The Language of Emotions: The case of Dalabon (Australia) is the first extensive study of the linguistic encoding of emotions in an Australian language, and further, in an endangered, non-European language. Based on first-hand data collected using innovative methods, the monograph describes and analyzes how Dalabon speakers express emotions (using interjections, prosody, evaluative morphology) and the words they use to describe and discuss emotions. Like many languages, Dalabon makes broad use of body-part words in descriptions of emotions. The volume analyzes the figurative functions of these body-part words, as well as their non-figurative functions. Correlations between linguistic features and cultural patterns are systematically questioned. Beyond Australianists and linguists working on emotions, the book will be of interest to anthropological linguists, cognitive linguists, or linguists working on discourse and communication for instance. It is accessible also to non-linguists with an interest in language, in particular anthropologists and psychologists.


1. Acknowledgements; 2. Preface; 3. List of tables; 4. List of figures; 5. Abbreviations and conventions; 6. Recordings; 7. Orthographic conventions; 8. Chapter 1: Introduction; 9. Chapter 2: Ethnographic context; 10. Chapter 3: Linguistic context; 11. Chapter 4: Expressive features; 12. Chapter 5: The lexicon: structure; 13. Chapter 6: The lexicon: semantics; 14. Chapter 7: Metaphors: introduction; 15. Chapter 8: Metaphors: around the body; 16. Chapter 9: Other emotion metaphors; 17. Chapter 10: Body-parts and emotional behaviors; 18. Chapter 11: Conclusion; 19. References; 20. Appendix 1; 21. Appendix 2; 22. Appendix 3; 23. General index; 24. Index of languages and groups

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  • ISBN13: 9789027204073
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 466
  • ID: 9789027204073
  • weight: 1005
  • ISBN10: 9027204071

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