Zouheir Maalej

List of John Benjamins publications for which Zouheir Maalej plays a role.

Book series


Embodiment via Body Parts: Studies from various languages and cultures

Edited by Zouheir Maalej and Ning Yu

[Human Cognitive Processing, 31] 2011. ix, 258 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Cognitive linguistics | Typology


Two opposed views dominate the color scene: Universalism and relativism. Each view has been shown to have fallen short of fully accounting for color perception and naming across languages and cultures. Beyond this controversy, the current article proposes cultural neuroscience as an alternative… read more | Article
The current article offers a comparative account of the address system of two dialects of Arabic, Najdi and Tunisian Arabic. Capitalizing on the theory of Idealized Cognitive Model, the article defends the view that the two systems display Idealized models, which are central to the system, and… read more | Article
The “Arab Spring,” as the revolutions in some Arab countries were called by the international media, was triggered by the “Jasmine Revolt” in Tunisia, which provoked a domino effect to some Arab leaders, starting from Tunisia and spreading to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, etc. Using the insights of… read more | Article
In Tunisian Arabic (TA), ‘heart’ is the most productive body part term in the conceptualization of emotions, cultural values, character traits, and mental faculties (Maalej 2004, 2008). Next in productivity is the outer body part 3ayn ‘eye’. The eye offers the following imaginative configurations:… read more | Article
Maalej, Zouheir and Ning Yu 2011 Introduction: Embodiment via body partsEmbodiment via Body Parts: Studies from various languages and cultures, Maalej, Zouheir and Ning Yu (eds.), pp. 1–20
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… read more | Chapter