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Folk emotion concepts: lexicalization of emotional experiences across languages and cultures

ContributorsOgarkova, Anna
Published inComponents of emotional meaning: A sourcebook, Editors Fontaine, J., Scherer, K.R. & Soriano, C., p. 46-62
PublisherOxford : Oxford University Press
Publication date2013

The chapter overviews an expansive research area spanning together several disciplines in the affective sciences (such as emotion psychology, anthropology, and linguistics) where emotion words are assumed to be good entry points for the study of culture-embedded (‘folk') emotion concepts. On outlining major dimensions in current theorizing of the interrelationship between emotion words, concepts, and experiences, the chapter proceeds to discuss the state-of-the-art empirical evidence on emotion lexicalization in different languages of the world, focusing on both the similarities and the differences therein. This literature review convincingly suggests the saliency of emotion components (such as the emotion-eliciting events, emotional expression, regulation, and so on) which appear to not only differentiate between individual emotion words across languages, but also to discriminate between clusters of terms, or even the entire emotion vocabularies. The chapter concludes with the discussion of the implications of this evidence for cross-cultural research on emotion lexis.

  • Folk emotion concepts
  • Emotion lexicalization
  • Cross-cultural differences
  • Emotion universals
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OGARKOVA, Anna. Folk emotion concepts: lexicalization of emotional experiences across languages and cultures. In: Components of emotional meaning: A sourcebook. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013. p. 46–62. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592746.003.0004
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