Expressing and Describing Surprise

ORCID logoAgnès Celle | Université Paris Diderot
Laure Lansari | Université Paris Diderot
ISBN 9789027242808 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027265081 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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Among emotions, surprise has been extensively studied in psychology. In linguistics, surprise, like other emotions, has mainly been studied through the syntactic patterns involving surprise lexemes. However, little has been done so far to correlate the reaction of surprise investigated in psychological approaches and the effects of surprise on language. This cross-disciplinary volume aims to bridge the gap between emotion, cognition and language by bringing together nine contributions on surprise from different backgrounds – psychology, human-agent interaction, linguistics. Using different methods at different levels of analysis, all contributors concur in defining surprise as a cognitive operation and as a component of emotion rather than as a pure emotion. Surprise results from expectations not being met and is therefore related to epistemicity. Linguistically, there does not exist an unequivocal marker of surprise. Surprise may be either described by surprise lexemes, which are often associated with figurative language, or it may be expressed by grammatical and syntactic constructions. Originally published as a special issue of Review of Cognitive Linguistics 13:2 (2015)
[Benjamins Current Topics, 92] 2017.  v, 246 pp.
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“This well-organised and insightful book provides a thorough investigation on the concept: surprise, from cognitive, linguistic, cross-cultural and affective computational angles. It successfully identifies the link between surprise and epistemicity as well as the distinction between description and expression of surprise. By doing so, the book establishes the unique status of surprise as a cognitive operation and an emotion category, thus bridging the gap between emotion, cognition and linguistics as claimed. It may be of interest to a wide range of readers from researchers in linguistics and psychology, to developers or engineers aiming to incorporate emotions in virtual human-agent interaction.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017012837 | Marc record