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Motion-emotion metaphors in English, Swedish and Spanish: a cross-linguistic comparison

Jacobsson, Göran LU (2015) ALSK11 20142
General Linguistics
Abstract
In cognitive linguistics there are three prevalent theoretical perspectives on metaphor: (universal) conceptual metaphors, discourse metaphors and language-consciousness interactionism. This thesis looked for evidence of support for these positions by conducting an empirical study comparing motion-emotion metaphors in English, Spanish and Swedish, focusing on the source domain MOTION. Following the approach of an earlier study by Zlatev, Blomberg and Magnusson (2012) this study used a more systematic method with a clearer procedure improving comparison between the languages by using a Meta-Language Scheme, as well as attesting the metaphors in corpora and dictionaries. The results showed some support for all three perspectives. A... (More)
In cognitive linguistics there are three prevalent theoretical perspectives on metaphor: (universal) conceptual metaphors, discourse metaphors and language-consciousness interactionism. This thesis looked for evidence of support for these positions by conducting an empirical study comparing motion-emotion metaphors in English, Spanish and Swedish, focusing on the source domain MOTION. Following the approach of an earlier study by Zlatev, Blomberg and Magnusson (2012) this study used a more systematic method with a clearer procedure improving comparison between the languages by using a Meta-Language Scheme, as well as attesting the metaphors in corpora and dictionaries. The results showed some support for all three perspectives. A considerable degree of similarities supported the universalism of conceptual metaphor theory. On the other hand, clear differences supported a more culturist approach to metaphor and emotion and thus a discourse perspective on metaphor. Weighing together all results gave support for the interactionist view. These varying views can be brought together applying a consciousness-language-culture interactionist model showing a way to resolve opposite views on metaphor and language and rather pointing to their mutual interdependence and influence.

Key words: metaphor, motion, emotion, English, Swedish, Spanish, interactionism, integral linguistics, conceptual metaphor, discourse metaphor. (Less)
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En lingüística cognitiva hay tres perspectivas teoréticas predominantes acerca de metáfora: (universal) metáforas conceptuales, metáforas de discurso y lenguaje-consciencia interaccionismo. Esta tesina buscaba evidencia de apoyo para estas posiciones haciendo un estudio empírico comparando metáforas de movimiento-emoción en Ingles, Sueco y Español. Siguiendo las ideas del estudio de Zlatev, Blomberg y Magnusson (2012) este estudio usaba un método más sistemático con un procedimiento más claro mejorando la comparación entre los idiomas, usando un esquema de Meta-lenguaje, así mismo como atestiguando las metáforas en corpus y diccionarios. Los resultados mostraron cierto apoyo para las tres perspectivas. Un alto grado de... (More)
Resumen

En lingüística cognitiva hay tres perspectivas teoréticas predominantes acerca de metáfora: (universal) metáforas conceptuales, metáforas de discurso y lenguaje-consciencia interaccionismo. Esta tesina buscaba evidencia de apoyo para estas posiciones haciendo un estudio empírico comparando metáforas de movimiento-emoción en Ingles, Sueco y Español. Siguiendo las ideas del estudio de Zlatev, Blomberg y Magnusson (2012) este estudio usaba un método más sistemático con un procedimiento más claro mejorando la comparación entre los idiomas, usando un esquema de Meta-lenguaje, así mismo como atestiguando las metáforas en corpus y diccionarios. Los resultados mostraron cierto apoyo para las tres perspectivas. Un alto grado de semejanzas apoyaba el universalismo de la teoría de metáfora conceptual. Al otro lado las diferencias claras apoyaban un acercamiento más culturista a metáforas y emoción y entonces la perspectiva de metáforas de discurso. Combinando todos los resultados apoyaba la perspectiva interaccionista. Estas perspectivas varias pueden ser reunidas usando un modelo interaccionista de consciencia-lenguaje-cultura mostrando una manera de resolver perspectivas contrarias de metáfora y lenguaje indicando su dependencia y influencia mutua.

Palabras llaves: metáfora, movimiento, emoción, Ingles, Sueco, Español, interaccionismo, lingüística integral, metáfora conceptual, metáfora de discurso. (Less)
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Jacobsson, Göran LU
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ALSK11 20142
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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English, Swedish, Spanish, interactionism, integral linguistics, iscourse metaphors, conceptual metaphors, emotions, motion, metaphors
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English
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7454588
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Motion-emotion metaphors in English, Swedish and Spanish: a cross-linguistic comparison},
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