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Semantic and Syntactic Analysis of Emotion Words in English


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Tralić, Ivo. (2015). Semantic and Syntactic Analysis of Emotion Words in English. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Stanojević, Mateusz-Milan].

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Both of the constructions we focused on are passive, meaning that the emotion words will be a bit further from the focus of the emotion, but since they are not omitted and function as semantic subjects, a lot can be derived from their relationship with the verb that appears in the construction. We get a lot of different possible conceptualizations for each emotion in each construction, but they can be explained via Kővecses's EMOTIONS ARE FORCES metaphor. However, since we chose to observe the conceptualizations in only two possible syntactic contexts (unlike most of the authors from the literature we refer to), there is a smaller variety of possible conceptualizations and conceptual metaphors in the corpus results than there would be if we observed the emotion words in more such contexts (or all of them). This is due to the emotion words in our paper performing only two different semantic roles (agent and instrument), and their actions being necessarily transitive in relation to the experiencer, meaning that the verb accompanying them will be more informative about the relation between the emotion and its experiencer than about the more general conceptual makeup of the emotion word in our mind. However, such specific data may still be useful if this type of research is meticulously applied to all possible linguistic contexts within which a word (emotion word or any other) may appear, since we can expect that a general view can be built bottom-up, from numerous very specific analyses.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Stanojević, Mateusz-Milan
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 11:25
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2015 11:25

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