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Cognitive Explorations into Metaphor and Metonymy

Edited By Frank Polzenhagen, Zoltan Kövecses, Stefanie Vogelbacher and Sonja Kleinke

This volume presents selected contributions to an annual symposium on metaphor and metonymy held at the English Department of Heidelberg University. It brings together papers by lecturers, PhD students and graduates from three universities – Heidelberg University, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The contributions illustrate the plurality of perspectives and methods in current cognitive-linguistic research on metaphor and metonymy and exemplify some of the ways in which they can be combined. The papers also attest to the wide range of domains and topics to which metaphor- and metonymy-based research can be applied, including emotion terms, political and scientific discourse, morphology, cross-cultural variation and internet communication.
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Corpus-based analysis of conceptual metaphors of Happiness in Russian and English: Olga Pavpertova

1. Introduction


Corpus-based analysis of conceptual metaphors of HAPPINESS in Russian and English

    Olga Pavpertova (Heidelberg)

Learn a new language and get a new soul. (Czech proverb)

Emotions and feelings have always played a central role in human life. Happiness, in particular, is a state that human beings, consciously or unconsciously, have always been eagerly searching for. These feelings must be distinctly expressed and easily communicated among the speakers of a particular speech community. In fact, this assumption conforms to the main principle of cognitive linguistics, i.e. a synthesis of language, mind and culture, which has proved to be an efficient and highly productive approach over the last decades, providing new insights into the nature of concepts. A central concern in cognitive linguistics is the study of metaphors as thought- and reality-constructing products of the human mind. Each metaphor presents a unique way of thinking about a given concept, highlighting some aspects of the target domain and hiding others (cf., e.g., Lakoff & Johnson 1980: 10–14; Deignan 2005: 1). Generally, metaphorical and metonymic processes are in constant interaction within one emotion category and have to be considered in combination. In the present study, I will, however, highlight metaphorical conceptualizations of the emotion under investigation, i.e. HAPPINESS, and will not discuss metonymic aspects in detail.

Emotion concepts, and conceptual metaphors in general, have often been analyzed by means of introspective or informant-based elicitation approaches. In my study, I rely on the findings of this...

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