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Title: Emotions in Crosslinguistic Perspective
Edited By: Jean Harkins
Anna Wierzbicka
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research
Description:

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.



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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.

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Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Typology
Subject Language(s): Amharic
Chinese, Mandarin
German
Japanese
Mbula
Polish
Russian
Malay
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ISBN: 3110170647
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Pages: 422
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