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Conceptual representations and figurative language in language shift : Metaphors and gestures for emotions in Kriol (Barunga, northern Australia)

Ponsonnet, Maïa


This article explores the correlations between linguistic figurative features and their corresponding conceptual representations, by considering their respective continuities and discontinuities in language shift. I compare the figurative encoding of emotions in Kriol, a creole of northern Australia, with those of Dalabon, one of the languages replaced by this creole, with a particular focus on evidence from metaphorical gestures. The conclusions are three-fold. Firstly, the prominent...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Cognitive Linguistics
DOI: 10.1515/cog-2016-0020
Access Rights: open access


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