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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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8. The Power of Metaphors in Different Context-Related Registers: The Case of Metaphorical Idioms (Anna Dąbrowska)


Anna Dąbrowska

Abstract In the more recent cognitive linguistic view, metaphor is understood as “conceptualizing one domain of experience in terms of another” (Kövecses, 2009, 2015, p. 2; Lakoff & Johnson, 1980; among others). Hence, the domain (target domain) which is usually more abstract, and less directly experienced, for example anger, may be comprehended by means of another domain (source domain), which, in turn, is more physical and more directly experienced, for example body heat, heat in a container, or pressure. The conceptual metaphor anger is (body) heat/pressure,1 triggered from this cross-domain mapping, has a number of linguistic manifestations, among which metaphorical idioms have become the material of my research. Indeed, metaphoricity is generally considered an essential property of an idiom (Cronk et al., 1993; Gibbs, 1980, 1985; Nunberg et al., 1994; McGlone et al., 1994; and Moon, 1998), and truly “some types of idioms behave exactly like metaphors” (Glucksberg, 2001, p. 67).

My research aims at analysing metaphorical idioms/idiomatic metaphors pertaining to anger, with a special focus given to context-based register types in which these metaphors occur most frequently. The data set of my study comprises the top 50 anger-related idioms, which first have been extracted from dictionaries of idioms and the COCA Corpus. The idioms have been compared in terms of their occurrence in five different types of register, namely those offered by the COCA, such as spoken discourse, fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, and academic texts. The results obtained from my...

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