Meaning and Emotion

In Paul A. Wilson (ed.), Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts. Peter Lang. pp. 61-72 (2012)

Eva-Maria Engelen
Universität Konstanz
Two aspects about meaning and emotion are discussed in this paper. The first, which is the main focus of this paper, addresses the semantic shaping of emotions (semanticization). It will be shown how language acquisition leads to the semantic shaping of emotions. For this purpose I will first introduce the theory of language acquisition that has been developed mainly by Michael Tomasello and also by Donald Davidson. Then I will take basic emotions into account in order to show that language plays a crucial role when it comes to the shaping of emotions and how we feel. The second aspect about meaning and emotion addresses the signification that an emotion might have for a person. One could also say that this aspect addresses the meaning an emotion has for a person. This issue will only play a minor part in my investigations.
Keywords Meaning, semanticization   language acquisition  triangulation  joint attention  reference  intersubjectivity  basic emotion  appraisal theories  significance
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