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Auteur: Zouheir MAALEJ

The language of emotion in Tunisian Arabic: A view from cultural embodiment

Abstract/Résumé: The talk is grounded in mainstream embodiment hypothesis, selecting for study Tunisian Arabic emotions such as anger, fear, and love. It seeks to argue that such emotions are not only embodied in the physiological sense, but also in the cultural sense. In particular, such emotions are found to be linguistically profiled through body parts which are not physiologically associated with these emotions. Such profiles involve parts of the body that are culturally correlated with the emotion but do not actually physiologically receive the effects of those emotions. Such a view has implications for embodiment as a universal feature of the mind associated with the embodiment hypothesis and the interaction between body and culture. Although this maintains the theory as a viable account for some expressions of emotion, it does not situate emotions only within the bounds of their own physiological effects. Instead of this absolute universalist conception of embodiment, the talk defends the view that culture takes the upper hand over physiological embodiment, establishing cultural interpretations as particularizing forms of cultural embodiment of the mind. References Maalej, Z. (2004). Figurative language in anger expressions in Tunisian Arabic: An extended view of embodiment. Metaphor and Symbol, 19(1), 51-75. Maalej, Z. (2007). The embodiment of fear expressions in Tunisian Arabic: Theoretical and practical implications. In F. Sharifian & G. B. Palmer (Eds.), Applied cultural linguistics: Implications for second language learning and intercultural communication (pp. 87-104). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Maalej, Z. (2008). The heart and cultural embodiment in Tunisian Arabic. In F. Sharifian, R. Dirven, N. Yu & S. Niemeier (Eds.), Culture, body, and language: Conceptualizations of internal body organs across cultures and languages (pp. 395-428). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Maalej, Z. (2011). Figurative dimensions of 3ayn ‘eye’ in Tunisian Arabic. In Z. Maalej & N. Yu (Eds.), Embodiment via body parts: Studies from various languages and cultures (pp. 213-240). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Maalej, Z. (in press). Body parts we live by in language and culture: The raS ‘head’ and yidd ‘hand’ in Tunisian Arabic. In I. Kraska-Szlenk and M. Brenzinger (Eds.), The body in language: Metaphor, grammar and culture (pp. ). (Brill Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture). Leiden – Boston: BRILL.