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Thu Jan 05 2012

Diss: Cog Sci/Semantics: Esenova: 'Metaphorical Conceptualisation ...'

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Message 1: Metaphorical Conceptualisation of Anger, Fear and Sadness
Date: 03-Jan-2012
From: Orazgozel Esenova <o.esenovagmail.com>
Subject: Metaphorical Conceptualisation of Anger, Fear and Sadness
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Institution: Eötvös Loránd University
Program: Cultural Linguistics Doctoral Programme
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2011

Author: Orazgozel Esenova

Dissertation Title: Metaphorical Conceptualisation of Anger, Fear and Sadness

Dissertation URL: http://doktori.btk.elte.hu/lingv/orazgozelesenova/thesis.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Dissertation Director:
Zoltán Kövecses

Dissertation Abstract:

Most emotion concepts that people use in their everyday lives are
metaphorically structured and understood. Hence the study of metaphor
becomes significant for adequate understanding of emotional reality. This
thesis written within the framework of cognitive linguistics examines the
metaphors of anger, fear and sadness embedded in the conceptual system of
English speakers and explores the role of various bodily and cultural
factors in the creation of those metaphors. The metaphors chosen map the
source domains of CONTAINER, ANIMAL, SUPERNATURAL BEING, HIDDEN ENEMY,
TORMENTOR, SMELL, TASTE, PLANT, MIXED SUBSTANCE and PURE SUBSTANCE onto the
target domains of ANGER, FEAR and SADNESS.

Although there is a large body of research on emotion metaphors, much
remains unknown in this field. For instance, while it is an established
fact that emotion concepts often arise from bodily experience, we do not
yet have full knowledge of corporeal experiences giving rise to such
concepts. For example, little is understood about the role of such
fundamental physiological experiences as child containment, voice
production, smell and taste perception in the metaphorical
conceptualization of emotions. Due to this reason, the thesis undertakes to
explore the role of these experiences in the structuring of our everyday
concepts of anger, fear and sadness. Moreover, we have scant knowledge
about the importance of the following basic experiences in the
conceptualization of emotions: human interaction with animal species such
as horses, snakes, birds etc., and the cultural views resulting from it;
folk beliefs about the supernatural, agricultural experience of growing
plants and the practice of mixing different substances. Hence the thesis
investigates whether humans make use of their knowledge of the
above-mentioned physical domains in their understanding of anger, fear and
sadness. The outcome of the study demonstrates that in the conceptual
system of English there is a number of anger, fear and sadness metaphors
based on these experiences. Furthermore, the thesis partly examines the
scope of some emotion metaphors analyzed in the study. It also provides
evidence for the stability of many emotion metaphors presented over long
periods of time.

The thesis employs an interdisciplinary approach which means that the
outcome of the study is assessed in relation to the findings from other
related fields. The linguistic data of the study has been obtained from
multiple sources such as dictionaries, the BNC, and the Internet by using
two data retrieval methods: a) the source-domain-oriented approach; b) the
Internet/corpus search method. Such a combination of methods enables
identifying and retrieving a large number of metaphorical emotion expressions.




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