A FEW METAPHORICAL SOURCE DOMAINS FOR EMOTIONS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Alec Basson

Abstract


Emotions are an essential part of human existence and the communication (verbal
as well as non-verbal) thereof is fundamental to everyday interaction. Furthermore,
the way in which emotions are expressed and interpreted is crucial to interpersonal
relations. This paper contends that our biblical counterparts employed different
verbal (literal as well as figurative) strategies to express an infinite number of
emotional states. One such strategy is conceptual metaphor. It is argued that there
is a link between the metaphorical conceptualization and articulation of emotions.
Moreover, the investigation shows that different metaphorical source domains are
used to express specific emotions. By taking recourse to cognitive linguistics, this
contribution examines the relevant linguistic evidence from the Old Testament as a
means of illuminating the aforementioned notions.

Keywords


Emotions, Source Domains, Cognitive Linguistics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/100-0-660

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