Language and Cognitive Structures of Emotion by Prakash Mondal

By Prakash Mondal

This ebook examines linguistic expressions of emotion in intensional contexts and provides a officially based account of the connection among language and emotion. the writer provides a compelling case for the view that there exist, opposite to renowned trust, logical universals on the intersection of language and emotive content material. This publication exhibits that emotive constructions within the brain which are largely assumed to be not just subjectively or socio-culturally variable but additionally inappropriate to a basic idea of cognition provide an strangely appropriate floor for a proper thought of emotive representations, taking into consideration striking logical and cognitive results for a thought of cognition. hard mainstream assumptions in cognitive technological know-how and in linguistics, this ebook will attract linguists, philosophers of the brain, linguistic anthropologists, psychologists and cognitive scientists of all persuasions.

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Can non-intentional cognitive structures, if any, underlying emotive expressions also be affected this way by intensionality in language? For all we know, this answer is still not clear. g. ‘happy’ or ‘disheartened’) induce de dicto and de re readings separately when used with other intensional verbs, so long as the enriched intentionality of affect expressed in the linguistic meanings derives from the intensional verbs involved. This indicates that non-intentional emotive expressions of moods, such as feelings of being ‘happy’, ‘disheartened’ and so on (Green 1992; Oatley and Johnson-Laird 2002), resist remaining non-intentional when expressed in language in combination with other intensional elements in linguistic constructions.

But certain other questions still remain. Even if predicates of affect are essentially necessary for the patterns found above, the crucial factor seems to be intensionality. The property of intensionality present/absent in predicates of affect appears to specify or underspecify the intentionality of cognitive structures underlying emotive expressions. Is it intensionality in language that is responsible for variable mapping from language onto cognitive structures of emotion and for the specification of the intentionality of cognitive structures underlying emotive expressions, as has been suggested just above?

E. Superman) these mental states are directed at does not exist. The predicates in (1–4) too fulfill this criterion as we can say things of the sort, ‘John longs for/wants/desires water from the fountain of Paradise’. 3 Availability of Specific/de re/Relational and Non-specific/de dicto/Notional Reading (13) Sarah loves/idolizes/hates/is frightened of/fears/dislikes a man. Surprisingly enough in (13), the only reading available of the object QNP ‘a man’ is the specific/de re/relational reading.

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