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Title: Culture, Body, and Language
Subtitle: Conceptualizations of Internal Body Organs across Cultures and Languages
Edited By: Farzad Sharifian
René Dirven
Ning Yu
Susanne Niemeier
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110196221-1
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL] 7
Description:

One of the central themes in cognitive linguistics is the uniquely human
development of some higher potential called the "mind" and, more
particularly, the intertwining of body and mind, which has come to be known
as embodiment. Several books and volumes have explored this theme in
length. However, the interaction between culture, body and language has not
received the due attention that it deserves. Naturally, any serious
exploration of the interface between body, language and culture would
require an analytical tool that would capture the ways in which different
cultural groups conceptualize their feelings, thinking, and other
experiences in relation to body and language. A well-established notion
that appears to be promising in this direction is that of cultural models,
constituting the building blocks of a group's cultural cognition.

The volume results from an attempt to bring together a group of scholars
from various language backgrounds to make a collective attempt to explore
the relationship between body, language and culture by focusing on
conceptualizations of the heart and other internal body organs across a
number of languages. The general aim of this venture is to explore (a) the
ways in which internal body organs have been employed in different
languages to conceptualize human experiences such as emotions and/or
workings of the mind, and (b) the cultural models that appear to account
for the observed similarities as well as differences of the various
conceptualizations of internal body organs. The volume as a whole engages
not only with linguistic analyses of terms that refer to internal body
organs across different languages but also with the origin of the cultural
models that are associated with internal body organs in different cultural
systems, such as ethnomedical and religious traditions. Some contributions
also discuss their findings in relations to some philosophical doctrines
that have addressed the relationship between mind, body, and language, such
as that of Descartes.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110196220
ISBN-13: 9783110196221
Pages: 431
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 157.00