The ‘face’ is the most identifiable feature of the human body, yet the way it is entrenched in language and cognition has not previously been explored cross-linguistically. This comparative volume continues the series on embodied cognition and conceptualization with a focus on the human ‘face’. Each contribution to this volume presents descriptions and analyses of how languages name the ‘face’ and utilize metonymy, metaphor, and polysemy to extend the ‘face’ to overlapping target domains. The contributions include primary and secondary data representing languages originating from around the world. The chapters represent multiple theoretical approaches to describing linguistic embodiment, including cultural, historical, descriptive, and cognitive frameworks. The findings from this diverse set of theoretical approaches and languages contribute to general research in cognitive linguistics, cultural linguistics, and onomastics.
Kelsie Pattillo, Ph.D. (2014), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is a Visiting Scholar and former Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research primarily focuses on both cross-linguistic and diachronic tendencies. She has published numerous chapters and articles on embodiment, among others in Embodiment in Cross-Linguistic Studies: The ‘Eye’ (Baş and Kraska-Szlenk eds., 2022, Brill) and The ‘Head’ (Kraska-Szlenk ed., 2019, Brill) and "On the Borrowability of Body Parts" in the Journal of Language Contact, 14.2 (2021).
Małgorzata Waśniewska is a teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of English Studies in the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw. Her research focuses mainly on linguistic techniques of dehumanization in discourse, in the scope of cognitive linguistics. She has published chapters on the topic of embodiment, among others in Embodiment in Cross-Linguistic Studies: The ‘Eye’ (Baş and Kraska-Szlenk, 2022, Brill) and in Body Part Terms in Conceptualization and Language Usage (Kraska-Szlenk ed., 2020, John Benjamins).
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Introduction Kelsie Pattillo and Małgorzata Waśniewska
1 Cross-Linguistic ‘Face’ Expressions and Extensions Kelsie Pattillo
2 Facts about ‘Face’ That We Ought to Face Jan Henrik Holst
3 Face in Dene Languages Conor Snoek
4 The Lexeme ‘Face’ in Languages of Northwestern Papua New Guinea: An Exploratory Study José Antonio Jódar Sánchez
5 Synonyms of twarz ‘Face’ in Polish from a Cognitive-Linguistic Perspective Małgorzata Waśniewska
6 The Concept of ‘Face’ in Nineteenth-Century Polish Magdalena Derwojedowa and Magdalena Zawisławska
7 Constructions with lice (‘Face’) in Croatian: Lexico-Grammar and Cultural Models Sanja Kiš Žuvela and Jelena Parizoska
8 Framing the Face: The Case of the Italian ‘faccia’ Maria Załęska and Giacomo Ferrari
9 The Embodiment of Emotions in Turkish Face Constructions Melike Baş
10 Body Part Extensions with mặt ‘Face’ in Vietnamese Annika Tjuka
11 The Cultural and Linguistic Conceptualizations of yeeso ‘Face’ in Fulfulde Ahmadu Shehu
12 The Affordances of ‘Face’ in Dalabon, Gunwinyguan, Non-Paman-Nyungan, Australia Maïa Ponsonnet
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