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Figurative and non-figurative use of body-part words in descriptions of emotions in Dalabon (Northern Australia)

Ponsonnet, Maia


This article examines the status and functions of body-part words with respect to linguistic descriptions of emotions in Dalabon (Northern Australia). As in many languages in the world, words denoting invisible (internal) body-parts occur in figurative expressions. These expressions instantiate metaphors and metonymies inspired by non-observable somatic responses to emotions. In addition to this figurative pattern of usage, many more words for visible body-parts occur in expressions where they...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Language and Culture
DOI: .1075/ijolc.1.1.06pon


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