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Categorization in Discourse and Grammar

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Edited By Małgorzata Fabiszak, Karolina Krawczak and Katarzyna Rokoszewska

This collection of papers addresses new trends in Cognitive Linguistics. Three parts of the book focus on Conceptual Metaphor Theory and Integration Network Analysis. Both the theoretical contributions and the empirical case studies stress the importance of contextual factors in the meaning making processes. They employ qualitative methods to analyze the use of metaphor in political discourse and in the conceptualization of emotions. The data sets include multimodal data, sign languages and co-speech gestures. The fourth part of the book contains two corpus-based studies. The fifth part concentrates on the grammatical categories of passive voice and aspect. One contribution discusses the problem of categorization in phonology.
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Metaphors and Metonymies of Emotions in THree Unrelated Signed Languages

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The paper argues that signs for emotions in American Sign Language/ASL, British Sign Language/BSL, and Polish Sign Language/PSL employ the articulatory parameter of location on the chest as the source domain of the ontological metaphor THE BODY/THE CHEST IS A CONTAINER FOR THE EMOTIONS (Lakoff 1987: 383; Kövecses 2002: 184; Taub 2001: 127–135). The parameters of hand-shape, motion, orientation, mimics, and posture serve as source domains of metaphors or vehicles of metonymies which interact with the dominant ontological metaphor. The complex conceptual patterns underlying the emotion signs reflect their psychophysiological motivation.

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