The Lexical Domain of Beauty and its Metaphors in the Anglo-Saxon Formulaic Style

by Francisco Javier Minaya Gómez (Author)
Monographs 274 Pages


This monograph offers an analysis of the lexical domain of beauty and other additional lexical domains that are figuratively used to refer to beauty, highlighting their central role in the Anglo-Saxon formulaic style. Using different methods from computational and cognitive linguistics, this study is aimed at determining the exact semantic value of these terms, detecting possible patterns of metaphorization and metonymization and identifying strategies behind their usage, ultimately determining how beauty was conceptualised and experienced in early Medieval England and in its literature. This research evidences the importance of this aesthetic idea in the Old English poetry and its aesthetic paradigm and revealing the core associations between beauty and other religious and social ideas.


ISBN (Book)
Old English Cognitive Linguistics History of Emotions Aesthetic emotions Old English poetry Beauty
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2021. 274 pp., 4 tables.

Biographical notes

Francisco Javier Minaya Gómez (Author)

Francisco J. Minaya Gómez is an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters in the University of Castilla-La Mancha and a teacher of early Medieval English literature. His research focuses on the conceptualisation and expression of emotions in Old and Middle English language and literature.


Title: The Lexical Domain of Beauty and its Metaphors in the Anglo-Saxon Formulaic Style