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Title: Expressions of emotion as mediated by context
Author: Jeanette Altarriba
Institution: University at Albany, State University of New York
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics; Semantics
Abstract: In her thoughtful work regarding various aspects of emotion and emotion related words, Pavlenko explores a variety of perspectives on how we might characterize and conceptualize expressions of emotion. It is a work that is quite rich in breadth – one that leads to a variety of different thoughts on this topic, many of which are amenable to experimental exploration. Thus, the work prompts the field into asking new and interesting questions. My comments will relate some of these new directions that are prompted by reading Pavlenko's paper, as well as a few ideas that constitute a bit of a reinterpretation of her conclusions. Towards the end, a body of literature (i.e., Emotional Stroop Effects) that is highly relevant but was not covered will be noted as it yields a greater understanding of the activation and access of emotion.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 11, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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