From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning - Carys Jones

From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning - Carys Jones

4 The grammar of emotion in English and Spanish: a systemicfunctional approach

From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning - Carys Jones

Julia Lavid [+-]
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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Julia Lavid is full profesor of English Language and Linguistics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research interests cover a wide range of topics related to the functional analysis of English (often in comparison with Spanish and other European languages), using computational and corpus-based methodologies. She has published extensively on these topics, being the author of the book Lenguaje y nuevas tecnologías: nuevas perspectivas, métodos y herramientas para el lingüista del siglo XXI (Madrid, Cátedra, 2005), and coauthor of the research monograph Systemic-Functional Grammar of Spanish: a Contrastive Account with English (London: Continuum, 2010). In her lecture she discusses theoretical and methodological issues related to her most recent research on contrastive corpus annotation methodologies.

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This chapter adopts an alternative viewpoint based on systemic-functional theory, according to which language is seen as the foundation of human experience (Halliday and Matthiessen 1999). It presents a systematic contrastive analysis of the language-specific preferences in the lexicogrammatical construction of four basic emotions in English and Spanish: ‘joy’, ‘fear’, ‘anger’ and ‘sadness’. This is achieved through an extensive empirical analysis based on comparable corpora in English and Spanish, which combines the qualitative, the quantitative and the contrastive dimensions. The purpose is to bring out the potential that lies behind emotional expressions in both languages through their corpus-based realisations and their associated probabilistic patterns.

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Lavid, Julia. 4 The grammar of emotion in English and Spanish: a systemicfunctional approach. From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 67 - 86 Dec 2008. ISBN 9781845539115. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21980. Date accessed: 15 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21980. Dec 2008

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