Towards a Linguistic Theory of Emotion and Expression of Emotion

  • Sophia Yat Mei Lee
Part of the Studies in East Asian Linguistics book series (SEAL)


Early modern philosophy has shown a great interest in the concept of emotions, starting with Aristotle, whose Rhetoric details an insightful theory of emotion which “in many ways anticipates contemporary theories” (Solomon 2003: 5). He argued that the nature of emotion lies in a strong moral belief about how others should behave, and involves the perception of a situation dominated by a desire. This is evidently shown in his analysis of anger where anger is characterized as the desire for revenge.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongHong Kong

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