Chapter 1 Cross-Linguistic ‘Face’ Expressions and Extensions

In: Embodiment in Cross-Linguistic Studies
Kelsie Pattillo
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This chapter synthesizes general patterns of ‘face’ extensions found across languages. With data from previously published work representing many languages and language families, I show common pathways of semantic extension for ‘face’. I demonstrate how each pattern is rooted in bodily-based salient features of the face: position, shape, size, and function.

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