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Title: Heroes, Villains, Victims and Emotions in the Press on Terrorism: From New York to Madrid and London: A cognitive approach
Author: Ana Mendes e Land
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Institution: Universidade Aberta
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science
Subject Language: Portuguese
Abstract: In Heroes, villains, victims and emotions… everyday language of a Portuguese newspaper published in the US (Portuguese Times) is used to study and explain how we understand basic emotions aroused by three terrorist attacks: US (2001), Madrid (2004) and London (2005)./L//L/At first, the concept of emotion and its implications were discussed. Then, the theoretical framework capable of showing emotions' cognitive character was introduced. According to such framework, emotions are considered one of cognitive sciences topics of study due to their cognitive content. After asserting Cognitive Linguistics to be the approach followed – Lakoff & Johnson (1980), Lakoff (1987), Zoltán Kövecses (1986, 1990, 1991, 1998, 2000, 2003[2000]) Kövecses & George Lakoff (1987), Batoréo (2000, 2003a, 2004c), Abrantes (1999, 2001a, 2001b, 2002) and Silva (1997, 1999, 2003) – and metaphor and metonym the tools used to perform the data analysis, it was not only expected to reveal basic emotions conceptual content, but also to explain its occurrence and frequency. /L//L/Within the general context of terrorism and specifically according to the conceptual metaphor of the FAIRY TALE OF THE JUST WAR, the prediction would be to find a predominance of negative emotions and emotions with strong physical motivation. Thorough selection of linguistic data made it possible to identify emotions related to each one of the attacks, while the cognitive tools chosen revealed those same emotions conceptual content. The results confirmed the predominance of negative emotions and the strong conceptual content of fear and anger.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Venue: Universidade Aberta


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