Edited By Peter Blumenthal, Iva Novakova and Dirk Siepmann
How do words allow us to understand these obscure objects that are our emotions? Do various European languages offer the same perspective on this changing reality, when explored by several applied disciplines (language teaching, lexicography, natural language processing)? This volume offers answers by highlighting theoretical and methodological innovations in lexical semantics and discourse analysis.
Le choix de l’intensifieur verbal des noms d’émotions : facteurs linguistico-cognitifs et facteurs discursifs – Ewa Pilecka
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Le choix de l’intensifieur verbal des noms d’émotions : facteurs linguistico-cognitifs et facteurs discursifs
Verbo-nominal intensifying constructions built according to the scheme V de N (mourir d’ennui, rougir de colère, siffler d’admiration, trembler de peur…) are preferential combinations of « internal experience nouns » (essentially nouns of emotions) and verbs referring to an observable manifestation of emotions. As each noun of emotion can be intensified by several verbs, and each intensifying verb can accompany several nouns, it is interesting to see which kind of cognitive and linguistic factors determine the choice of collocates (especially the verbal ones). A corpus-driven study of a large number of examples shows that the principle of textual isotope is the basis of speaker’s choices. The author presents different aspects of this phenomenon in discourse.