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Emotion Concepts


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-N7
  2. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 1-5
  3. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 6-32
  4. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 33-49
  5. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 50-68
  6. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 69-87
  7. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 88-108
  8. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 109-127
  9. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 128-143
  10. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 144-159
  11. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 160-181
  12. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 182-197
  13. Zoltán Kövecses
    Pages 198-215
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 216-230

About this book


This chapter briefly describes the general goals of the book, introduces the most fundamental features of the methodology that is employed to achieve these goals, and gives an outline of the structure of the book. A more detailed account of the goals and methodology is presented in chapters 2 and 3, respectively. What the Book Is About The main objective of this study is to attempt to answer the question: How do people understand their emotions? As we shall see in the next chapter, a large number of scholars have tried to provide answers to this question. The interest in the way people understand their emotions has led scholars to the issue of the nature of emotion concepts and emotional meaning. Since the notion of understanding involves or presupposes the notions of concept and meaning, it was only natural for scholars with an interest in the way people understand their emotions to tum their attention to emo­ tion concepts and the meaning associated with emotion terms. So the broader issue has often become more specific. For example, Davitz in his The Language of Emotion formulated the central question in the following way: "What does a person mean when he says someone is happy or angry or sad?" (Davitz 1969: 1).


ETA Emotionsforschung attention emotion language methodology motivation nature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Emotion Concepts
  • Authors Zoltan Kövecses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97115-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7962-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-3312-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 230
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
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