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Article: A corpus-based diachronic investigation of metaphorical containers of sadness in English

TitleA corpus-based diachronic investigation of metaphorical containers of sadness in English
Authors
KeywordsDiachronic variation
Metaphorical container
Humoral theory
Sadness
Issue Date2014
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.. The Journal's web site is located at https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/cogls/main
Citation
Cognitive Linguistic Studies, 2014, v. 1 n. 2, p. 236-251 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper addresses the question of conceptual diversity in the seat of emotions via a corpus-based case study of diachronic variation in the metaphorical containers of sadness in English. Data sourced from Literature Online, Early English Books Online and the British National Corpus reveal three types of metaphorical containers of sadness: (1) the human body in general and whatever is either literally internal to it, or at least often conceptualized as such, such as the heart and the soul; (2) external body parts and different kinds of superficial body features, such as the eyes and the voice; and (3) containers that are not inherently connected with the human body, such as a room and a sonnet. A comparison between the types of metaphorical containers in different periods shows that whereas the percentage of the third type of containers remains constant by and large, there has been a noticeable increase in the percentage of the second type of containers and a quite obvious decrease in the percentage of the first type of containers. It is argued that the diachronic variation in the relative frequencies of the two types of containers may have been related to a shift in the general conception of body and emotions, and specifically to the gradual disintegration of humoral theory.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206767
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dc.contributor.authorDing, Yen_US
dc.contributor.authorNoel, Den_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-02T09:03:43Z-
dc.date.available2014-12-02T09:03:43Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationCognitive Linguistic Studies, 2014, v. 1 n. 2, p. 236-251en_US
dc.identifier.issn2213-8722-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206767-
dc.description.abstractThis paper addresses the question of conceptual diversity in the seat of emotions via a corpus-based case study of diachronic variation in the metaphorical containers of sadness in English. Data sourced from Literature Online, Early English Books Online and the British National Corpus reveal three types of metaphorical containers of sadness: (1) the human body in general and whatever is either literally internal to it, or at least often conceptualized as such, such as the heart and the soul; (2) external body parts and different kinds of superficial body features, such as the eyes and the voice; and (3) containers that are not inherently connected with the human body, such as a room and a sonnet. A comparison between the types of metaphorical containers in different periods shows that whereas the percentage of the third type of containers remains constant by and large, there has been a noticeable increase in the percentage of the second type of containers and a quite obvious decrease in the percentage of the first type of containers. It is argued that the diachronic variation in the relative frequencies of the two types of containers may have been related to a shift in the general conception of body and emotions, and specifically to the gradual disintegration of humoral theory.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.. The Journal's web site is located at https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/cogls/mainen_US
dc.relation.ispartofCognitive Linguistic Studiesen_US
dc.rightsCognitive Linguistic Studies. Copyright © John Benjamins Publishing Co..-
dc.rightsReaders of post-print must contact John Benjamins Publishing for further reprinting or re-use-
dc.subjectDiachronic variation-
dc.subjectMetaphorical container-
dc.subjectHumoral theory-
dc.subjectSadness-
dc.titleA corpus-based diachronic investigation of metaphorical containers of sadness in Englishen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailNoel, D: dnoel@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityNoel, D=rp01170en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros241592en_US
dc.identifier.volume1en_US
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage236en_US
dc.identifier.epage251en_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US

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