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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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18. Punctuation and Emotions: A Study on the Pragmatics of Punctuation in Texting (Giuliana Russo)


Giuliana Russo

Abstract Despite a growing literature documenting the use of non-verbal cues to convey emotions in Computer Mediated Communication, little has been done on the recipients’ perception of them. This study, at its incipient stage, can thus be considered a step towards filling that gap as it aims at investigating the pragmatic of punctuation in digital exchanges and specifically the emotive response of Italian university students, aged 18–21, to sentence final full stop in text messages.

The outcomes of this investigation basically confirmed the initial hypothesis whereby according to post-teens the full-stop is pragmatically marked in texting whereas its exclusion is default, its markedness consisting basically in its conveying insincerity. Though further research is needed to conclusively sanction the cross-cultural nature of the newly acquired pragmatic meaning of the full stop, this study is a small contribution to that aim.

Keywords: Computer mediated communication, Punctuation, Pragmatics, Language, Emotions, Full-stop, Texting

In a recent study on language and emotions Foolen (2012) has claimed that the relevance of emotions for language and linguistics can be considered from three perspectives: (a) the conceptualisation of emotions, (b) the expression of emotions and (c) the grounding of language. The conceptualisation perspective provides for research on the lexis of emotions whereby not only content words (Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs) but also prepositions are relevant (to long for, hate against). According to the expression perspective, the expression of emotions takes place at different linguistic levels: phonological, morphological,...

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