Embodiment via body parts : studies from various languages and cultures



Embodiment via body parts : studies from various languages and cultures

edited by Zouhair A. Maalej, Ning Yu

(Human cognitive processing, v. 31)

John Benjamins, c2011

  • : Hb

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Includes bibliographical references and index



Research on the "embodiment hypothesis" within cognitive linguistics and beyond is growing steadily aiming to bridge language, culture, and cognition. This volume seeks to address the question regarding what specific roles individual body parts play in the embodied conceptualization of emotions, mental faculties, character traits, cultural values, and so on, in various cultures, as manifested in their respective languages. It brings together some linguistic evidence that sheds light on the embodied nature of human cognition from languages as diverse as Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Estonian, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Spanish, and Turkish. The studies in this volume also show how embodiment is mediated in those languages through such cognitive mechanisms as metonymy and metaphor.


  • 1. List of contributors
  • 2. Acknowledgments
  • 3. Introduction: Embodiment via body parts (by Maalej, Zouheir A.)
  • 4. Part 1. European perspectives
  • 5. The relevance of embodiment to lexical and collocational meaning: The case of prosopo 'face' in Modern Greek (by Marmaridou, Sophia)
  • 6. Dynamic body parts in Estonian figurative descriptions of emotion (by Vainik, Ene)
  • 7. Contrasting body parts: Metaphors and metonymies of mouth in Danish, English, and Spanish (by Nissen, Uwe Kjaer)
  • 8. head and eye in German and Indonesian figurative uses (by Siahaan, Poppy)
  • 9. Part 2. East Asian perspectives
  • 10. Speech organs and linguistic activity/function in Chinese (by Yu, Ning)
  • 11. Inner and outer body parts: The case of hara 'belly' and koshi 'lower back' in Japanese (by Nagai, Tomokazu)
  • 12. A cultural-linguistic look at Japanese 'eye' expressions (by Occhi, Debra J.)
  • 13. Part 3. Middle Eastern and North African perspectives
  • 14. Conceptualizations of cheshm 'eye' in Persian (by Sharifian, Farzad)
  • 15. Figurative dimensions of 3ayn 'eye' in Tunisian Arabic (by Maalej, Zouheir A.)
  • 16. The apocalypse happens when the feet take the position of the head: Figurative uses of 'head' and 'feet' in Turkish (by Aksan, Mustafa)
  • 17. Index

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