Metaphors and Metonymies of Emotions in THree Unrelated Signed Languages
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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