LINGUIST List 11.1000

Tue May 2 2000

Calls: Pragmatics & Cognition

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Pragmatics & Cognition: Special Issue of John Benjamins Journal

Message 1: Pragmatics & Cognition: Special Issue of John Benjamins Journal

Date: Tue, 02 May 2000 16:25:26 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Pragmatics & Cognition: Special Issue of John Benjamins Journal

Pragmatics & Cognition announces a special issue on


Guest Editors
N.J. Enfield and Anna Wierzbicka

'Emotions' combine feelings, thoughts and bodily events/processes in
complex ways. The role of the body in emotion has commonly been a
subject of clinical research, but it has less often come into
discussion of the semantics and pragmatics of how languages encode
ideas about emotion. Apart from well known work on 'metaphor',
concentrating on English, there is little data available on how the
body enters into the way that languages codify ideas about
emotions. This includes meaning extensions (by metaphor or metonymy)
of the basic vocabulary of emotion, idiomatic phrases and common
discourse about emotional experience, folk theory and description of
exactly what goes on in the body when emotions occur.

The main question which we would expect the submissions to address is:
How do speakers of the world's languages refer to the body in talking
about emotions?

English-language descriptions of emotion are also 'folk descriptions',
not culture-free, and this makes data from all languages equally valid
and valuable in informing our understanding of the complex
relationships between thoughts, feelings, and bodily processes
inherent in ideas of 'emotions'. It is then necessary to understand,
compare and contrast as wide a range as possible of the various 'folk
descriptions' of emotions which the rest of the world's languages
allow us access to. In particular, data on how speakers refer to the
body in their talk about emotions will be a valuable addition to the
limited corpus of broad cross-linguistic data on the linguistics of

One purpose of this special issue is to contribute to current research
by providing empirically sound descriptions from typologically diverse
and geographically widespread languages, with at least some
representation of languages of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia,
Europe, and Oceania.

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2000
Editorial decisions: December 1, 2000
Revised papers due: February 1, 2001
Expected publication: October 2001

Papers should be submitted according to the guidelines of the journal
(see:;c_info.html). All
submissions will be peer reviewed. Please send five copies of your
submission to:

Professor Anna Wierzbicka (
Department of Linguistics (Faculties)
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200. Australia

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