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ERIC Number: EJ804596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Emotion and Emotion-Laden Words in the Bilingual Lexicon
Pavlenko, Aneta
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v11 n2 p147-164 Jul 2008
The purpose of this paper is to draw on recent studies of bilingualism and emotions to argue for three types of modifications to the current models of the bilingual lexicon. The first modification involves word categories: I will show that emotion words need to be considered as a separate class of words in the mental lexicon, represented and processed differently from abstract and concrete words. The second modification involves conceptual representations: I will demonstrate that emotion concepts vary across languages and that bilinguals' concepts may, in some cases, be distinct from those of monolingual speakers. The third modification involves emotionality: I will argue that emotionality is an important feature of the bilingual lexicon, where different languages and word types display different levels of emotionality. I will also show how differential emotionality affects code-switching and language choice in bi- and multilinguals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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