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Wed Jan 26 2022

Books: Tastes We Live By: Bagli

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Date: 18-Oct-2021
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Subject: Tastes We Live By: Bagli
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Title: Tastes We Live By
Subtitle: The Linguistic Conceptualisation of Taste in English
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Marco Bagli
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110630404 Pages: 235 Price: U.S. $ 114.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110626773 Pages: 235 Price: U.S. $ 114.99

Taste is considered one of the lowest sensory modalities, and the most difficult to express in language. Recently, an increasing body of research in perception language and in Food Studies has been sparkling new interest and new perspectives on the importance of this sense. Merging anthropology, evolutionary physiology and philosophy, this book investigates the language of Taste in English, and its relationship with our embodied minds.

In the first part of the book, the author explores the semantic dimensions of Taste terms with a usage-based approach. With the application of experimental protocols, Bagli enquires their possible organization in a radial network and calculates the Salience index of gustatory terms in both American and British English. The second part of the book is an overview of the metaphorical extensions that motivate the polysemy of Taste terms, with the aid of corpus analysis methods and various texts.

This book is the first to review systematically and in a usage-based perspective the role of the sensory domain of Taste in English, showing a more complicated picture and suggesting that its under-representation and difficulty of encoding does not correspond to lack of importance.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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