Emotion in language

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The “emotional turn” has promoted an increasing number of empirical studieson the traces of emotion in language and theoretical approaches to language,cognition and emotion. This article discusses the question of how to align thedescriptive facts concerning language as a multi-layered system with theoreticalapproaches to language and emotion. Outlining recent developments given inthe embodiment and usage based approaches to language, an experiential viewon language is portrayed which relates perception, emotion and action, includingsocial interaction and communication. Reviewing theories of emotion andthe course of language acquisition, it is argued that affect expression and affect conceptualizationare both present in language, which is incompatible with views ofemotion as a form of cognition.


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