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Language family similarity effect: emotion terms in Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, and Polish

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Panasenko, Nataliya
Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara
Published in Fontaine, J., Scherer, K.R. & Soriano, C. Components of emotional meaning: A sourcebook. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013, p. 502-506
Abstract This chapter explores the idea that the meanings of emotion words in typologically closer languages bear a higher resemblance to each other than to the corresponding words in languages from a different language group. We test this prediction in a case-study of emotional meaning construction in five Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak and Polish ) as compared the meaning profiles of emotion words in US and UK varieties of English (Germanic languages). Although the results largely confirm our prediction, highlighting additionally the capability of GRID to capture yet smaller-scale linguistic and cultural affinities within the Slavic group, the observed language family similarity effect is considerably small. This finding contributes to the universality claim in the studies on emotion conceptualization and contradicts previous claims about a remarkable cultural ‘untranslatability' of Slavic emotion concepts.
Keywords Slavic emotion conceptsCross-cultural differencesLanguage family similarity effect
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OGARKOVA, Anna, PANASENKO, Nataliya, LEWANDOWSKA-TOMASZCZYK, Barbara. Language family similarity effect: emotion terms in Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, and Polish. In: Fontaine, J., Scherer, K.R. & Soriano, C. (Ed.). Components of emotional meaning: A sourcebook. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013. p. 502-506. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:99775

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