Language and Emotion by James M. WilceLanguage and Emotion by James M. Wilce

Language and Emotion

byJames M. Wilce

Paperback | May 11, 2009

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Language is a means we use to communicate feelings; we also reflect emotionally on the language we and others use. James Wilce analyses the signals people use to express emotion, looking at the social, cultural and political functions of emotional language around the world. The book demonstrates that speaking, feeling, reflecting, and identifying are interrelated processes and shows how desire or shame are attached to language. Drawing on nearly one hundred ethnographic case studies, it demonstrates the cultural diversity, historical emergence, and political significance of emotional language. Wilce brings together insights from linguistics and anthropology to survey an extremely broad range of genres, cultural concepts, and social functions of emotional expression.
Title:Language and EmotionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:244 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:May 11, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521682827

ISBN - 13:9780521682824


Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Theory: 1. Defining the domain; 2. The relationship of language and emotion; 3. Approaches to language and emotion; 4. The panhuman and the particular; Part II. Language, Power, and Honor: 5. Language, emotion, power, and politics; 6. Status, honorification, and emotion for hire; Part III. Identification and Identity: 7. Language as emotional object; 8. Language, affect, gender, and sexuality; Part IV. Histories of Language and Emotion: 9. A history of theories; 10. Shifting forms of language and emotion; 11. Language and the medicalization of emotion; Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

'... a must-read for anyone interested in language or emotion.' Laura M. Ahearn, Rutgers University