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The linguistics of temperature
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9592-5780
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The volume is the first comprehensive typological study of the conceptualisation of temperature in languages as reflected in their systems of central temperature terms (hot, cold, to freeze, etc). The key questions addressed here include such as how languages categorize the temperature domain and what other uses the temperature expressions may have, e.g., when metaphorically referring to emotions (‘warm words’). The volume contains studies of more than 50 genetically, areally and typologically diverse languages and is unique in considering cross-linguistic patterns defined both by lexical and grammatical information. The detailed descriptions of the linguistic and extra-linguistic facts will serve as an important step in teasing apart the role of the different factors in how we speak about temperature – neurophysiology, cognition, environment, social-cultural practices, genetic relations among languages, and linguistic contact. The book is a significant contribution to semantic typology, and will be of interest for linguists, psychologists, anthropologists and philosophers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015. , 934 p.
, Typological Studies in Language (TSL), ISSN 0167-7373 ; 107
Keyword [en]
semantic typology, temperature, metaphor, grammar, lexicon
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115066ISBN: 9789027206886ISBN: 9789027269171OAI: diva2:795590
"Hot and cold – universal or language specific" (VR, 2009–2013)
Swedish Research Council, 421-2008-2067
Available from: 2015-03-16 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2016-03-19

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