The Language of the Emotions

A. L. Epstein

in In the Midst of Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1992 | ISBN: 9780520075627
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911642 | DOI:
The Language of the Emotions

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This chapter presents an overview of the Tolai lexicon, discussing some general characteristics of the Tolai emotional lexicon and noting how some terms seem to fall into readily identifiable sets. It then takes a closer look at the way the Tolai appear to group emotion terms, and whether and to what extent such groupings as emerge are considered to be related to one another. In line with what appears to be a widespread, perhaps even universal, phenomenon, the Tolai do not offer a formal classification of the affects. If some principle of grouping is at work, it must be implicit and has to be sought out by indirect means.

Keywords: Tolai; lexicon; emotion terms; language

Chapter.  10627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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