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Color and emotions in English
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Modern Languages. Engelska.
2007 (English)In: Anthropology of color: interdisciplinary multilevel modeling / [ed] Robert E. MacLaury, Galina V. Paramei and Don Dedrick, Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007, 347-362 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a corpus study of collocational patterns of English colour and emotion words. A collection of 50 colour terms and 135 emotion terms served as the starting point for the search of patterns. The obtained patterns are described and analysed with regard to salience from two different points of view: For each emotion category we ask which colour categories are most salient, and for each colour category we ask which emotion categories are most salient. The analysis of the underlying motivation for salient colour-emotion collocations demonstrates that the commonest motivations are based in metaphorical models linked to the body. This indicates the importance of experiential and embodied models for creating associations involving colour terms.

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Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007. 347-362 p.
Keyword [en]
color, emotion, collocation, experiential model, embodied model, motivation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6509ISI: 000306965700020ISBN: 978 90 272 3243 4 (Hardbound)ISBN: 978 90 272 9170 7 (Ebook)OAI: diva2:146178
Available from: 2007-12-13 Created: 2007-12-13 Last updated: 2014-05-22Bibliographically approved

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