Embodiment via Body Parts

Studies from various languages and cultures

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  • Editors: Zouheir A. Maalej1, and Ning Yu2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027285133

Research on the “embodiment hypothesis” within cognitive linguistics and beyond is growing steadily aiming to bridge language, culture, and cognition. This volume seeks to address the question regarding what specific roles individual body parts play in the embodied conceptualization of emotions, mental faculties, character traits, cultural values, and so on, in various cultures, as manifested in their respective languages. It brings together some linguistic evidence that sheds light on the embodied nature of human cognition from languages as diverse as Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Estonian, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Spanish, and Turkish. The studies in this volume also show how embodiment is mediated in those languages through such cognitive mechanisms as metonymy and metaphor.

Subjects: Cognitive linguistics; Typology; Cognition and language

  • Affiliations: 1: King Saud University; 2: University of Oklahoma / Pennsylvania State University

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