The Linguistics of Temperature

| Stockholm University
ISBN 9789027206886 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027269171 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
The volume is the first comprehensive typological study of the conceptualisation of temperature in languages as reflected in their systems of central temperature terms (hot, cold, to freeze, etc.). The key issues addressed here include questions such as how languages categorize the temperature domain and what other uses the temperature expressions may have, e.g., when metaphorically referring to emotions (‘warm words’). The volume contains studies of more than 50 genetically, areally and typologically diverse languages and is unique in considering cross-linguistic patterns defined both by lexical and grammatical information. The detailed descriptions of the linguistic and extra-linguistic facts will serve as an important step in teasing apart the role of the different factors in how we speak about temperature – neurophysiology, cognition, environment, social-cultural practices, genetic relations among languages, and linguistic contact. The book is a significant contribution to semantic typology, and will be of interest for linguists, psychologists, anthropologists and philosophers.
[Typological Studies in Language, 107]  2015.  xii, 934 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Maps
Introducing “The linguistics of temperature”
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm
PART 1. Africa
“Hard sun, hot weather, skin pain”: The cultural semantics of temperature expressions in Ewe and Likpe (West Africa)
Felix K. Ameka
The semantics and metaphorical extensions of temperature terms in Gurenɛ
Samuel Awinkene Atintono
Unravelling temperature terms in Sɛlɛɛ
Yvonne Agbetsoamedo and Francesca Di Garbo
Lexicalisation of temperature concepts in Gbaya (an Ubanguian language of C.A.R.)
Paulette Roulon-Doko
Climate, temperature and polysemous patterns in French and Wolof
Loïc-Michel Perrin
Temperature terms in selected African languages: A pilot study
Henrike Firsching
PART 2. Eurasia
Adjectives of temperature in Latvian
Natalia Perkova
What’s hot and what’s not in English and Serbian: A contrastive view on the polysemy of temperature adjectives
Katarina Rasulić
In the warmth of the Ukrainian temperature domain
Anna Kryvenko
Asymmetries in Italian temperature terminology
Silvia Luraghi
Temperature terms in Modern Greek
Katerina Stathi
Temperature terms in Modern Eastern Armenian
Michael A. Daniel and Viktoria Khurshudian
Facts, feelings and temperature expressions in the Hindukush
Henrik Liljegren and Naseem Haider
Blowing hot, hotter, and hotter yet: Temperature vocabulary in Marathi
Prashant Pardeshi and Peter Edwin Hook
Temperature adjectives in Finnish
Päivi Juvonen and Ahti Nikunlassi
Temperature terms in Nganasan
Maria Brykina and Valentin Gusev
Temperature terms in Khalkha Mongolian
Benjamin Brosig
Temperature terms in Lao, Southern Zhuang, Southern Pinghua and Cantonese
Hilário de Sousa, François Langella and N.J. Enfield
Subdomains of temperature concepts in Japanese
Mika Shindo
Why is it not cool? Temperature terms in Indonesian
Poppy Siahaan
PART 3. The Americas
Temperature domain in West Greenlandic
Justyn Salamon
“There is no thermostat in the forest” – the Ojibwe temperature term system
Hunter Lockwood and Susanne Vejdemo
Temperature terms and their meaning in Yucatec Maya (Mexico)
Olivier Le Guen
Temperature terms in Mapudungun
Fernando Zúñiga
Temperature terms in Hup, a Nadahup language of Amazonia
Patience Epps
PART 4. Australia and Oceania
Bardi temperature terms
Claire Bowern and Laura Kling
Temperature terms in northern Vanuatu
Alexandre François
Temperature terms in Kamang and Abui, two Papuan languages of Alor
Antoinette Schapper
PART 5. Typology
The syntax of temperature predications
Regina Pustet
Subject Index
Language Index
Name Index
“A groundbreaking collaborative work in lexical typology, which will quite possibly be seen as the beginning of a new era in the study of world-wide word meanings.”
“A cool collection guaranteed to heat up the discussion on sensory language. Koptjevskaja-Tamm provides an inspiring volume on the linguistics of temperature.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014035097