Embodiment in Cross-Linguistic Studies

The ‘Eye’


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The volume explores the body part ‘eye’ as a source domain in conceptualization and a vehicle of embodied cognition. It includes in-depth case studies of languages situated in different cultural contexts in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Oceania. It also provides insights into cross-linguistic comparison of conceptualization patterns and semantic extension of the term ‘eye’ on various target domains. The contributions in the volume present a range of cultural models associated with the visual organ which take into account socio-cultural factors and language usage practices. The book offers new material and novel analyses within the subject of polysemy of body part terms. It also adds to studies on metaphor, metonymy and cultural conceptualizations within a cognitive linguistic paradigm.

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Melike Baş is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Amasya University, Turkey. She received her PhD degree from Hacettepe University in 2015. Her most recent publications include Contemporary Studies in Turkish Semantics (Ed., 2021).

Iwona Kraska-Szlenk, Ph.D. (1995), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is Professor at the University of Warsaw. She has recently edited Body Part Terms in Conceptualization and Language Usage (Benjamins, 2020).
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Notes on Contributors

Introduction: The Overview of the Volume
Melike Baş and Iwona Kraska-Szlenk

Part 1 Crosslinguistic Studies

1 General Patterns in Semantic Expressions of the ‘Eye’
Kelsie Pattillo

2 Investigating Entities “Placed” in the Eye in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective
Małgorzata Waśniewska

Part 2 Case Studies from Europe

3 The Moral Eye: A Study of Hungarian szem
Judit Baranyiné Kóczy

4 A Corpus Study of the Semantic Extensions of the Eye in Turkish
Melike Baş

5 Polish oko ‘Eye’ and Its (Quasi) Diminutive oczko: Semantic Extensions and Usage Patterns
Iwona Kraska-Szlenk

Part 3 Case Studies from Asia

6 Metaphorical Mappings of ‘Eye’ in Chinese
Xiugui Qin and Yongxian Luo

7 Aankhon-aankhon me (‘In between the Eyes’): A Cognitive-Linguistic View of the ‘Eye’ Metaphors in Hindi
Suneeta Mishra

8 A Glance at the Mongolian Eye
Jan Rogala

9 Preliminary Study on ‘Eye’ in the Tibetan Language (with Reference to Literature)
Agata Bareja-Starzyńska

Part 4 Case Studies from Africa

10 What Do eyes Mean to a Pullo? Body, Cognition and Cultural Conceptualization
Ahmadu Shehu

11 Jicho kwa jicho’—‘iso ngeso’: A Comparative Study of ‘Eye’ Expressions in Swahili and Zulu
Rosanna Tramutoli

Part 5 Case Studies from America

12 ‘Eye’ in the Zamucoan Languages
Luca Ciucci

13 Semantic Extensions of ‘Eye’ in Deni (Arawá)
Mateus Cruz Maciel de Carvalho

Part 6 Case Studies from Oceania

14 Visual Perception in Doromu-Koki
Robert L. Bradshaw

15 Metaphoric Meaning Extensions and Expressions of ‘Eye(s)’ in Bena Bena
Carola Emkow

Researchers and students across the field of linguistics and cognitive/cultural studies, all interested in embodied cognition, polysemy of body part terms, conceptualization, grammaticalization, metaphor, metonymy, cultural models.
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