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Language, Heart, and Mind

Studies at the intersection of emotion and cognition

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Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Valeria Monello and Marco Venuti

A major premise of this book is that language use is critically conditioned by affective content and cognitive factors rather than being a case of objective computation and manipulation of structures. The 21 chapters of this book deals with how language interacts with emotion, and with mind and cognition, from both intralingual and cross-linguistic perspectives. The second major focus is the theoretical framework, best-suited for research relationships between language, cognition, and emotion as well as the effect that emotion has on the conceptualizer who constructs meanings based on language stimuli. Furthermore, the authors investigate how emotion and rational projections of events interact and what their consequences are in the conceptual world, media discourse, and translation.

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Introduction (Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Marco Venuti, Valeria Monello)

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Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Marco Venuti, Valeria Monello

In March 2017, English Language and Linguistics scholars at the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania organised a one-day workshop on ‘Language, Heart and Mind’. The workshop and its contributors brought together research themes that, while focusing on linguistic analysis, aimed at looking at language from a more comprehensive perspective, that is adding emotion and cognition to the broader picture, in order to understand how communication takes place.

During that first meeting, a network of scholars emerged and following meetings were organised at the University of Catania, widening the range of approaches and themes related to the original topic, and strengthening collaboration links between Italian and Polish universities. The collaboration also resulted in a themed panel at the 2019 international conference ‘Contacts and Contrasts’, held at the State University of Applied Sciences in Konin, and in a follow-up conference at the University of Lodz.

Some of the papers in the present volume are an outcome of the presentations and fruitful discussions during the workshops and the conferences.

We plan to continue and extend our research on the themes presented here, consolidating the existing network, as the relation between language, emotion and cognition has proven a challenging and fruitful field of enquiry.

A major premise of this volume is that rather than being a case of objective computation and manipulation of structures, language use is critically conditioned by affective content and cognitive factors...

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