Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1877-9751
  • E-ISSN: 1877-976X
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In this paper I examine the idiomatic metonymic expressions denoting joy and happiness in Greek, focusing on their experiential grounding. I first argue for an interdisciplinary approach to the relationship between body, emotion and language, which allows for a holistic perspective to the meaning of these expressions and makes explicit the analogical experiential elements of the particular emotions. As a case study, I look at instances of metaphor within metonymy, which appear to require an interdisciplinary analysis. Drawing on corpus examples, I examine metonymies of joy and happiness with special emphasis on the neurobiological evidence (i.e. the expressive and physiological component of the emotion); the results of the analysis account for how happiness and joy are experienced by the subject.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): analogical experience; body; desire; emotion; happiness; joy; metaphor; metaphor within metonymy; metonymy
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