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Tue Aug 17 2010

Books: Ling Theories/Text/Corpus Ling: Dziwirek, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Complex Emotions and Grammatical Mismatches: Dziwirek, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk

Message 1: Complex Emotions and Grammatical Mismatches: Dziwirek, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk
Date: 12-Aug-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Complex Emotions and Grammatical Mismatches: Dziwirek, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk
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Title: Complex Emotions and Grammatical Mismatches Subtitle: A Contrastive Corpus-Based Study Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL] 16 Published: 2010 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Katarzyna Dziwirek Author: Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk Electronic: ISBN: 9783110227758 Pages: 181 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110227741 Pages: 181 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

The concept of "complex emotions" is obviously polysemous. On the onehand, we can interpret it as a non-basic, non-prototypical, or culture-specificnotion, on the other - and this is the interpretation we propose in this work - acomplex emotion concept can be looked upon as a concept whosecomplexity "emerges" in interaction, due to the complex nature of its "object".Our interpretation is thus "construction-based", one in which meaning is notto be found exclusively in the lexical semantics of the term, but also in the,clearly meaning-laden, grammatical construction, e.g. a complement clause,expressing the object or cause of the emotion. The "construal of a scene"mapped on the form of a complex sentence involves the emotion that isunambiguously complex and not necessarily universal or prototypical. Weargue throughout this book that "cross-linguistic grammatical mismatches"are a visible sign of conceptual and categorizational distinctions between theconceptualization of emotion in different languages and cultures. They alsosignal differences in what individual speakers consider "salient" in a portrayedscene.

We offer a contrastive corpus-based study of Polish and English emotionconcepts and the linguistic patterns they enter. Our theoretical approachcombines lexical semantics and cognitive linguistics and proposes a"cognitive corpus linguistics" methodology. It is a cognitive linguisticendeavor in which we analyze grammatical category mismatches and providedetailed semantic analyses of different complement choices of emotionpredicates. We also discuss insights into Polish and English cultural valuesgleaned from the different underlying categorizations of emotions.

Combining theoretical analyses with pedagogical theory and classroomapplications, this work breaks new ground and will reach audiences oflinguists, teachers and students of Polish, teachers and students of English,translators, and other language researchers and practitioners.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories                             Text/Corpus Linguistics                             Applied Linguistics                             Contrastive Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)                             Polish (pol)
Written In: English (eng )

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