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Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction: Metaphor and Emotion: Language, Culture, and Body in Human Feeling (Paperback)
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Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction: Metaphor and Emotion: Language, Culture, and Body in Human Feeling (Paperback)

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This book challenges the simplistic division between the body and culture by showing how human emotions are to a large extent 'constructed' from individuals' embodied experiences in different cultural settings. Kovecses illustrates through detailed cross-linguistic analyses how many emotion concepts reflect wide-spread metaphorical patterns of thought. These emotion metaphors arise from recurring embodied experiences, one reason why human emotions across many cultures conform to certain basic biological-physiological processes in the human body and of the body interacting with the external world. The view proposed here demonstrates how cultural aspects of emotions, metaphorical language about the emotions, and human physiology in emotion are all part of an integrated system. Kovecses convincingly shows how this integrated system points to the reconciliation of the seemingly contradictory views of biological reductionism and social constructionism in contemporary debates about human emotion.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521541466
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'I deem Metaphor and Emotion to be a substantial work ... I believe that any literary-linguistic scholar interested in cognition, emotion or metaphor will find this work hugely rewarding.' Language and Literature
'Metaphor and Emotion contains much that is interesting, even intriguing ... Though the book's emphasis is firmly on linguistic analysis, Metaphor and Emotion will also be rewarding and suggestive for philosophers, psychologists and anyone eager to look in more detail at the relative place of language, body and culture in the constitution of human emotions.' Philosophical Writings
'... an informative, readable and at times entertaining overview of metaphor and culture.' The Psychologist
"Kovesces's work is an exemplary and provocative exploration in cognitive linguistics. He has chosen a set of important questions about emotions, and he shows how traditional attempts to characterize the language of emotion were overly restrictive...A work of penetrating scholarship, providing illuminating examples from a broad range of languages and cultures." Contemporary Psychology

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