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From Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Cognitive Ethnolinguistics

Patterns of Imagery in Language

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Edited By Marek Kuźniak, Agnieszka Libura and Michał Szawerna

The origins of this volume lie in the international conference Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2012, convened by the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association. The proceedings of the conference revolved around three major thematic areas: metaphorical and metonymic underpinnings of meaning in language and beyond, prototypical and gradual phenomena pertaining to linguistic categorization across the lexicogrammatical continuum, and the need for advancing theoretical tools. These recurring themes are reflected in the three-part structure of this volume, with contributions from nearly two dozen researchers exploring a broad array of linguistic as well as non-linguistic data.
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Cognitive grammar methods in the study of Polish emotion verbs

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Marta Dobrowolska University of Wrocław

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We argue that the application of cognitive grammar tools in the research of emotions in Polish can shed new light on the linguistic phenomena germane to emotions. Wierzbicka (1995) has observed that Slavic languages tend to use verbs to speak of emotions. This suggests that Polish emotion verbs require serious attention on the part of researchers. We outline the current state of research on emotions, with a special focus on the role of cognitive linguistics. Against this background, we point to current trends in cognitive research regarding emotion phenomena. The lexical analysis of corpus data, including emotion verbs, is assisted by the analytic tools of the kind introduced by Dziwirek & Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (2010): corpus analysis supplies the context of the actual use of expressions. We propose that cognitive grammar terms can be useful in describing verbal polysemy, as well as in analyzing grammatical forms and lexical and grammatical frames within which particular verbs occur. This methodology appears appropriate for a detailed analysis of individual verbs, thus making a noteworthy contribution to the research on Polish emotion lexis.

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