The Linguistics of Temperature
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm | Stockholm University
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
List of Maps | pp. viii–ix
Acknowledgements | pp. x–xii
Introducing “The linguistics of temperature”Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm | pp. 1–40
PART 1. Africa
“Hard sun, hot weather, skin pain”: The cultural semantics of temperature expressions in Ewe and Likpe (West Africa)Felix K. Ameka | pp. 43–72
The semantics and metaphorical extensions of temperature terms in GurenɛSamuel Awinkene Atintono | pp. 73–106
Unravelling temperature terms in SɛlɛɛYvonne Agbetsoamedo and Francesca Di Garbo | pp. 107–127
Lexicalisation of temperature concepts in Gbaya (an Ubanguian language of C.A.R.)Paulette Roulon-Doko | pp. 128–150
Climate, temperature and polysemous patterns in French and WolofLoïc-Michel Perrin | pp. 151–186
Temperature terms in selected African languages: A pilot studyHenrike Firsching | pp. 187–212
PART 2. Eurasia
Adjectives of temperature in LatvianNatalia Perkova | pp. 216–253
What’s hot and what’s not in English and Serbian: A contrastive view on the polysemy of temperature adjectivesKatarina Rasulić | pp. 254–299
In the warmth of the Ukrainian temperature domainAnna Kryvenko | pp. 300–332
Asymmetries in Italian temperature terminologySilvia Luraghi | pp. 333–353
Temperature terms in Modern GreekKaterina Stathi | pp. 354–391
Temperature terms in Modern Eastern ArmenianMichael A. Daniel and Viktoria Khurshudian | pp. 392–439
Facts, feelings and temperature expressions in the HindukushHenrik Liljegren and Naseem Haider | pp. 440–470
Blowing hot, hotter, and hotter yet: Temperature vocabulary in MarathiPrashant Pardeshi and Peter Edwin Hook | pp. 471–490
Temperature adjectives in FinnishPäivi Juvonen and Ahti Nikunlassi | pp. 491–536
Temperature terms in NganasanMaria Brykina and Valentin Gusev | pp. 537–569
Temperature terms in Khalkha MongolianBenjamin Brosig | pp. 570–593
Temperature terms in Lao, Southern Zhuang, Southern Pinghua and CantoneseHilário de Sousa, François Langella and N.J. Enfield | pp. 594–638
Subdomains of temperature concepts in JapaneseMika Shindo | pp. 639–665
Why is it not cool? Temperature terms in IndonesianPoppy Siahaan | pp. 666–700
PART 3. The Americas
Temperature domain in West GreenlandicJustyn Salamon | pp. 703–720
“There is no thermostat in the forest” – the Ojibwe temperature term systemHunter Lockwood and Susanne Vejdemo | pp. 721–741
Temperature terms and their meaning in Yucatec Maya (Mexico)Olivier Le Guen | pp. 742–775
Temperature terms in MapudungunFernando Zúñiga | pp. 776–791
Temperature terms in Hup, a Nadahup language of AmazoniaPatience Epps | pp. 792–812
PART 4. Australia and Oceania
Bardi temperature termsClaire Bowern and Laura Kling | pp. 815–831
Temperature terms in northern VanuatuAlexandre François | pp. 832–857
Temperature terms in Kamang and Abui, two Papuan languages of AlorAntoinette Schapper | pp. 858–886
PART 5. Typology
The syntax of temperature predicationsRegina Pustet | pp. 889–916
Subject Index | pp. 917–928
Language Index | pp. 929–930
Name Index | pp. 931–934
“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.”
Martin Haspelmath, University of Leipzig
“A cool collection guaranteed to heat up the discussion on sensory language. Koptjevskaja-Tamm provides an inspiring volume on the linguistics of temperature.”
Asifa Majid, Radboud University Nijmegen
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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General