Understanding, scripting and staging emotional experiences. : On some central research topics on emotion and language.

Abstract : Research on the relationship between emotion and (natural) language generally considers them from two complementary perspectives: 1) the emotional (or expressive) use of language (either in the narrow – linguistic - sense of a system of verbal signs or in a more holistic – semiotic sense – of verbal and non-verbal signs) to manifest, to stage (in the sense of sociologist E. Goffman, 1974) an emotional state, a passion, an affect. 2) the semantic universe of signs of a language (either in the linguistic sense of la langue or in the semiotic sense of le langage) that conceptualize and clarify the cultural vision, the meaning shared by a community of speakers about emotions, passions and affects. Thus, in linguistics, we meet the distinction between expressive and descriptive words (Kövecses 1995): expressive words are, for example: “shit!” (expressing anger) or “wow!” (expressing a surprise); descriptive words are, on the other hand, lexemes of the "anger" genre which manifest, express a certain (cultural) vision of the emotional experience of anger (Greimas 1983). In this article we will look at some of the themes dealt with in this dual perspective. After providing a quick overview of linguistic research on emotion (chapter 1), we propose to quickly explore these two perspectives by focusing more on: 1) the specific semantic space that characterizes our everyday understanding, the linguistically, historically and culturally situated common sense conceptions of the emotional experience (chapter 2 and 3); 2) the expression or staging of an emotional experience in the form of signifying textual environments called emotional display or emotionscape using signs and sign systems of the natural language and any other (non-verbal) languages (chapter 4).
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