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Metaphor and Emotion

Metaphor and Emotion
Language, Culture, and Body in Human Feeling

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Part of Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction

  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521541466

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  • Many researchers claim that emotions arise either from human biology (i.e., biological reductionism) or as products of culture (i.e., social constructionism). Are human emotions best characterized as biological, psychological, or cultural entities? Zoltan Kovecses demonstrates how cultural aspects, metaphorical language, and human physiology are part of an integrated system. This book challenges the simplistic division between the body and culture by stressing how human emotions are to a large extent "constructed" from individuals' embodied experiences in different cultural settings. Hb ISBN (2000): 0-521-64163-2

    • Offers a unique synthesis of social constructionism, cognitive semantics, and the physiology of emotion
    • Deals with the issue of the universality and culture-specificity of emotion within a unified framework
    • Shows how the study of metaphor can contribute to an understanding of human conceptual systems
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    "Kovesces's work is an exemplary and provocative exploration in cognitive linguistics. He has chosen a set of important questions about emotions, and he shows how traditional attempts to characterize the language of emotion were overly restrictive...A work of penetrating scholarship, providing illuminating examples from a broad range of languages and cultures." Contemporary Psychology

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521541466
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Language and emotion concepts
    2. Metaphor of emotion
    3. Emotion metaphors: are they unique to the emotions?
    4. Events and emotions: the subcategorization of emotions
    5. The force of emotion
    6. Emotions and relationships
    7. Folk versus expert theories of emotion
    8. Universality in the conceptualization of emotion
    9. Cultural variation in the conceptualization of emotion
    10. Emotion language: a new synthesis.

  • Author

    Zoltán Kövecses, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

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