Sensory Linguistics

Language, perception and metaphor

ISBN 9789027203106 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027262622 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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One of the most fundamental capacities of language is the ability to express what speakers see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. Sensory Linguistics is the interdisciplinary study of how language relates to the senses. This book deals with such foundational questions as: Which semiotic strategies do speakers use to express sensory perceptions? Which perceptions are easier to encode and which are “ineffable”? And what are appropriate methods for studying the sensory aspects of linguistics? After a broad overview of the field, a detailed quantitative corpus-based study of English sensory adjectives and their metaphorical uses is presented. This analysis calls age-old ideas into question, such as the idea that the use of perceptual metaphors is governed by a cognitively motivated “hierarchy of the senses”. Besides making theoretical contributions to cognitive linguistics, this research monograph showcases new empirical methods for studying lexical semantics using contemporary statistical methods.
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“Sensory Linguistics: Language, perception and metaphor is an amazing, incredibly thoughtful book that paves a brilliant path forward in our scholarly understanding of the sensory, embodied, foundations for perception, thought, and language. Bodo Winter provides a rich set of descriptive, theoretical, and methodological considerations for uncovering the sensory basis of language and linguistic meaning, with particular focus on synesthesia and metaphor. I was impressed by Winter’s numerous novel arguments and insights and how these offer a new vision of the relations between linguistic and sensory experience. This book is cognitive science at its best!”
“[T]his book provides a comprehensive and insightful discussion of the correspondences between language and perception using reproducible empirical methods. In particular, it attaches great importance to looking for converging evidence throughout the book, which has been emphasized, until recently, in Cognitive Linguistics (Kövecses, 2011). What is discovered about sensory adjectives in this study is consistent with the existing empirical findings in neuroscience and psycholinguistics.”
“Being exquisitely well written, this publication, with clarity and wit, helps us acquire a deep understanding of the matter and makes it both an informative and an unusually pleasant reading. The organization of the whole book is quite clearcut and each section has been coherently related. The clarity of explanation, the relatively straightforward language used and the numerous examples make the book accessible to a broad audience.”
“I believe that Bodo Winter’s monograph is a valuable and important book for all researchers dealing with perception in language. The reader gets exactly what the author promises in the introduction – a synthetic and critical review of the most important research threads in sensory linguistics. The author has done enormous work by gathering an exceptionally extensive and interdisciplinary literature on the subject and analyzing the linguistic material in detail. The monograph is very informative; it requires slow and careful reading because each paragraph can bring something new and surprising to the reader. At the same time, the book opens new research perspectives and provokes further questions.”

Main BIC Subject

CFD: Psycholinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018059733