Edited by Farzad Sharifian † and Gary B. Palmer
[Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research 7] 2007
► pp. 87–104
The study investigates the conceptualization of fear in Tunisian Arabic, arguing that fear shows three types of “cultural embodiment”: (i) seemingly physiological, where the fear expression profiles a part of the body physiologically thought to be affected by fear, (ii) culturally driven, where the fear expression profiles a part of the body thought to be physiologically affected by the emotion, and the basic-level category is grounded in culture, and (iii) culturally specific, where the fear expression schematically profiles a part of the body associated with physiological change. The implications of such culturally constructed embodiment will be pointed out for the theory of embodiment, which needs to be made bi-directional in terms of directionality of mappings, for ESL, and for cross-cultural communication.
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