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Language, Heart, and Mind

Studies at the intersection of emotion and cognition


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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4. Cultural Conceptualizations of Love in English and Polish (Jacek Tadeusz Waliński)


Jacek Tadeusz Waliński

Abstract Although love, in one form or another, has always been on people’s minds, the explanation of what love really is remains elusive. One word, love, serves many different purposes and carries different meanings. This study discusses cultural conceptualizations of love that function in English and Polish. The cultural dimension of love is approached from the perspective of Cultural Linguistics, which assumes that the cultural conceptualizations act as “templates” for thought and behavior in the exchange of conceptual experiences among members of a cultural community. On this account, English and Polish speakers can be expected to foster culture-specific norms, expectations, and attitudes towards the expression of love because their conceptualizations are grounded in the respective cultures. The results of the study indicate that the cultural conceptualizations of love overlap between English and Polish only partly: whereas in Polish love tends to be associated with the divine and family, in English it tends to be associated to a greater extent with earthly delights.

Keywords: Emotions, Love, Cultural conceptualizations, Re-conceptualization, Cluster equivalence

Love has always played an enormous role in all expressive forms of human culture. It is a constant theme discussed, either seriously or light-heartedly, in song, dance, painting, sculpture, all genres of literature, theater, and film (Secomb, 2007). However, the conceptualizations of love differ across cultures. In his book devoted to exploration of the nature of love from religious and philosophical perspectives, C. S. Lewis1 points out to the use...

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