LINGUIST List 12.3169

Sat Dec 22 2001

Books: Language and Culture

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  1. Julia Ulrich, Emotions in Crosslinguistic Perspective (Harkins, Wierzbicka, eds)

Message 1: Emotions in Crosslinguistic Perspective (Harkins, Wierzbicka, eds)

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 11:14:25 +0100
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Emotions in Crosslinguistic Perspective (Harkins, Wierzbicka, eds)

New Publication from Mouton de Gruyter!!!!!

>From the series
Cognitive Linguistics Research
Series Editors: Ren´┐Ż Dirven, Ronald W. Langacker, John R. Taylor

Editors: Jean Harkins & Anna Wierzbicka

2001. 23 x 15,5 cm. vi, 422 pages. Cloth.
Euro 84.00 / sFr 134,- / approx. US$ 84.00
ISBN 3-11-017064-7

(Cognitive Linguistics Research 17)

This volume aims to enrich the current interdisciplinary theoretical
discussion of human emotions by presenting studies based on extensive
linguistic data from a wide range of languages of the world. Each
language-specific study gives detailed semantic descriptions of the
meanings of culturally salient emotion words and expressions, offering
fascinating insights into people's emotional lives in diverse cultures
including Amharic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Lao, Malay, Mbula, Polish
and Russian. The book is unique in its emphasis on empirical language
data, analysed in a framework free of ethnocentrism and not dependent
upon English emotion terms, but relying instead on independently
established conceptual universals. Students of languages and cultures,
psychology and cognition will find this volume a rich resource of
description and analysis of emotional meanings in cultural context.


Jean Harkins and Anna Wierzbicka: Introduction

Mengistu Amberber: Testing emotional universals in Amharic

Robert D. Bugenhagen: Emotions and the nature of persons in Mbula

Uwe Durst: Why Germans don't feel "anger"

N. J. Enfield: Linguistic evidence for a Lao perspective on facial
expression of emotion

Cliff Goddard: 'Hati': a key word in the Malay vocabulary of emotion

Jean Harkins: Talking about anger in Central Australia

Rie Hasada: Meanings of Japanese sound-symbolic emotion words

Pawel Kornacki: Concepts of anger in Chinese

I. B. Levontina and Anna A. Zalizniak: Human emotions viewed through the
Russian language

Anna Wierzbicka: A culturally salient Polish emotion: 'przykro'

Zhengdao Ye: An inquiry into "sadness" in Chinese.

Subject and name index

Words and phrases index

For more information please contact the publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin, Germany
Fax: +49 30 26005 222

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