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From Motion to Emotion

Aspects of Physical and Cultural Embodiment in Language


Marek Kuźniak, Bożena Rozwadowska and Michał Szawerna

This volume has its origins in an international conference on emotions organized by the Polish Association for the Study of English and held at the University of Wrocław in April 2015. In the course of the conference, it became clear that emotions are productively explored with relation to motion for the reason that emotion(s) and motion(s) constitute profoundly intertwined dimensions of physical and cultural embodiment reflected in language. The relationship between motion(s) and emotion(s) became the underlying theme of this volume, which comprises nineteen contributions presenting exploratory and applicative accounts of (e)motion(s) situated in topical research areas of linguistic theory, second language acquisition, and translation studies.

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Emotions involved in coping with demanding subjects in the English philology course of studies: A student perspective


Abstract: The paper is devoted to the description of a research project in which emotions involved in coping with demanding subjects in the English philology course of studies were examined from a student’s perspective. The research was carried out at the University of Occupational Safety Management in Katowice among third year full-time and extramural students specializing either in English-Chinese translation or applied translation studies. Three subjects of studies from each specialization, covered in the fifth semester and regarded by students as demanding, were selected for the research. They were: Chinese grammar, written Chinese, and spoken Chinese in the case of English-Chinese translation and written translation, consecutive translation, and simultaneous translation in the case of applied translation studies. The questionnaire administered among the students aimed at examining the kinds of problems the students have with the above mentioned subjects and the kinds of emotions these problems evoke. Another aim of the questionnaire was to find out how the students cope with these problems and whether the emotions involved hinder or facilitate further studying.

Keywords: emotion, demanding, motivation

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