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Aspects of the semantics of emotions and feelings in Dalabon (South-Western Arnhem Land, Australia)

Ponsonnet, Maia


This article describes two of the principal roots allowing the expression of emotions and feelings in Dalabon, an endangered language of South-Western Arnhem Land. The first root, kangu, 'belly', is depicted linguistically as the location of emotions induced by interpersonal relationships. The belly is thus presented as the locus of good and bad moods generally and of conflict more specifically. Furthermore, the material properties of the belly-its fluidity in particular-impact on one's temper...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-6547.2010.00102.x


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