The Linguistics of Temperature

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  • Editor: Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027269171

The volume is the first comprehensive typological study of the conceptualisation of temperature in languages as reflected in their systems of central temperature terms (<i>hot, cold, to freeze</i>, etc.). The key issues addressed here include questions such as how languages categorize the temperature domain and what other uses the temperature expressions may have, e.g., when metaphorically referring to emotions (‘warm words’). The volume contains studies of more than 50 genetically, areally and typologically diverse languages and is unique in considering cross-linguistic patterns defined both by lexical and grammatical information. The detailed descriptions of the linguistic and extra-linguistic facts will serve as an important step in teasing apart the role of the different factors in how we speak about temperature – neurophysiology, cognition, environment, social-cultural practices, genetic relations among languages, and linguistic contact. The book is a significant contribution to semantic typology, and will be of interest for linguists, psychologists, anthropologists and philosophers.

Subjects: Semantics; Typology; Syntax; Theoretical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Stockholm University

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