The Linguistics of Olfaction

Typological and Diachronic Approaches to Synchronic Diversity

| University of Cologne
| University of Wrocław
ISBN 9789027208408 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027260178 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume presents novel cross-linguistic insights into how olfactory experiences are expressed in typologically (un-)related languages both from a synchronic and from a diachronic perspective. It contains a general introduction to the topic and fourteen chapters based on philological investigation and thorough fieldwork data from Basque, Beja, Fon, Formosan languages, Hebrew, Indo-European languages, Japanese, Kartvelian languages, Purepecha, and languages of northern Vanuatu. Topics discussed in the individual chapters involve, inter alia, lexical olfactory repertoires and naming strategies, non-literal meanings of olfactory expressions and their semantic change, reduplication, colexification, mimetics, and language contact. The findings provide the reader with a range of fascinating facts about perception description, contribute to a deeper understanding of how olfaction as an understudied sense is encoded linguistically, and offer new theoretical perspectives on how some parts of our cognitive system are verbalized cross-culturally. This volume is highly relevant to lexical typologists, historical linguists, grammarians, and anthropologists.
[Typological Studies in Language, 131]  2021.  xiii, 481 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgments
Rendering what the nose perceives: An introduction
Łukasz Jędrzejowski and Przemysław Staniewski
Why is smell special? A case study of a European language: Swedish
Åke Viberg
The domain of olfaction in Basque
Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano
On olfactory terminology in Georgian and other Kartvelian languages
Manana Kobaidze, Revaz Tchantouria and Karina Vamling
Let me count the ways it stinks: A typology of olfactory terms in Purepecha (Mexico)
Kate Bellamy
Olfactory, gustatory and tactile perception in Beja (North-Cushitic)
Martine Vanhove and Mohamed-Tahir Hamid Ahmed
How to smell without a verb “to smell” in Fon
Renée Lambert-Brétière
How to talk about smell in Japanese
Anthony E. Backhouse
An overview of olfactory expressions in Formosan languages
Amy Pei-jung Lee
Olfactory words in northern Vanuatu: Langue vs. parole
Alexandre François
Alternating smell in Modern Hebrew
Bar Avineri
Syntactic patterns for Romanian olfactive verbs
Virginia Hill
Smelling over time: The lexicon of olfaction from Latin to Italian
Francesca Strik Lievers
To what extent can source-based olfactory verbs be classified as copulas? The case of German and Polish
Przemysław Staniewski and Adam Gołębiowski
Typology of metaphors with the olfactory target domain in the Polish perfumery discourse
Magdalena Zawisławska and Marta Falkowska
Languages index
Subjects index
The Linguistics of Olfaction can be seen as a benchmark in the exploration of olfactory language, and thus of olfaction itself, an often downplayed sensory modality that is deeply connected with our cognitive activities (Holley 1999: 180–181), emotions (Soundry et al. 2011), and memories (Strauch et al. 2019). Consequently, it contributes to the expanding field of sensory linguistics (cf. Winter 2019) and to a deeper understanding of how we perceive and make sense of the world around us.”
“This book can be recommended for those researching the many domains in which typological generalizations are being discovered, providing as it does numerous references to work on other sense

modalities. Its overall theoretical agnosticism, and the sheer lack of barriers to entry in such a novel area of study, make it well approachable for those at the student level, such that it could provide some of the readings for a seminar on cultural or psycholinguistics, typology, and so forth. In fact its many pointers to needed further research might inspire many honors- and graduate-level research projects.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020056534 | Marc record