Language Awareness and Emotion

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This review addresses classic and new approaches to the relationships between emotion and language in multilingual contexts. I first discuss prevalent ideologies that treat emotion as biological and individual, and language as only referential. I then discuss a more fully semiotic view of the relationship between language and emotion that can productively inform examinations of the relationship between multilingualism and emotion. Multilingual displays, interpretations, and experiences of emotion have been studied at three analytic levels: interactions, communities, and individuals. Emotion does not only reside in individual psychobiology but also in semiotically (verbally and nonverbally) mediated social interactions. Emotion can then be treated as simultaneously embodied, social, and semiotically mediated.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLanguage Awareness and Multilingualism
EditorsJasone Cenoz, Durk Gorter, Stephen May
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-02325-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-02325-0
StatePublished - Dec 27 2016


  • affect indexicality
  • bilingualism
  • emotion
  • multilingualism
  • semiotics


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