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Extended uses of body-related temperature expressions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2016 (English)In: The Lexical Typology of Semantic Shifts / [ed] Päivi Juvonen, Katarina Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Mouton de Gruyter, 2016, 249-284 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter presents the results of a cross-linguistic study where we examined body-related temperature expressions (brtes), like “warm heart” and “cold eyes”, in English, Ibibio, Japanese, Kannada, Mandarin Chinese, Ojibwe, and Swedish. We found that all the studied languages have brtes, even metaphor-poor Ojibwe, and that certain body related expressions recur in the brtes, mostly ‘heart’, ‘head’, ‘voice’, ‘smile’ and ‘eyes’. We found support for two conceptual metaphors: control is cold/lack of control is hot and caring is warm/uncaring is cold. The temperature scales were found to be translated to scalar target domains, mostly emotions. However, we found little support for the hypothesis that local cultural/climate factors, such as the temperature related humoral theory or the mean temperature of a region, would affect the brtes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mouton de Gruyter, 2016. 249-284 p.
Series
Cognitive Linguistics Research, ISSN 1861-4132 ; 58
Keyword [en]
Linguistics, temperature, metaphor, Swedish, Kannada, Chinese, Ibibio, English
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139545DOI: 10.1515/9783110377675-009ISBN: 9783110377521 (print)ISBN: 9783110377675 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-139545DiVA: diva2:1072586
Projects
The Linguistics of Temperature
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Swedish Research Council, 2009-2011
Available from: 2017-02-08 Created: 2017-02-08 Last updated: 2017-02-09Bibliographically approved

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