1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Emotion

Edited By Sonya Pritzker, Janina Fenigsen, James Wilce Copyright 2020
    458 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    454 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Language and Emotion offers a variety of critical theoretical and methodological perspectives that interrogate the ways in which ideas about and experiences of emotion are shaped by linguistic encounters, and vice versa. Taking an interdisciplinary approach which incorporates disciplines such as linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, communication studies, education, sociology, folklore, religious studies, and literature, this book:

    • explores and illustrates the relationship between language and emotion in the five key areas of language socialisation; culture, translation and transformation; poetry, pragmatics and power; the affective body-self; and emotion communities;

    • situates our present-day thinking about language and emotion by providing a historical and cultural overview of distinctions and moral values that have traditionally dominated Western thought relating to emotions and their management;

    • provides a unique insight into the multiple ways in which language incites emotion, and vice versa, especially in the context of culture.

    With contributions from an international range of leading and emerging scholars in their fields, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Emotion is an indispensable resource for students and researchers who are interested in incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives on language and emotion into their work.

    List of Contributors

    Editor’s Introduction

      1. Perspectives on Emotion, Emotionality, and Language: Past and Present

      2. Part I. Emotion and Language Socialization

      3. Insights from Infancy: The Felt Basis of Language in Interpersonal Engagement

      4. Emotion and Affect in Language Socialization

      5. Unfolding Emotions: The Language and Socialization of Anger in Madagascar

      6. Part II. Language and Emotion: Culture, Translation, and Transformation

      7. Affect in the Circulation of Cultural Forms

      8. Emotion, Language, and Cultural Transformation

      9. Emotion in and Through Language Contraction

      10. Cultural Variations in Language and Emotion

      11. The Semantics of Emotion: From Theory to Empirical Analysis

      12. Part III. Language and Emotion: Poetry, Pragmatics and Power

      13. Language and Emotion: Paralinguistic and Performative Dimensions

      14. Poetry and Emotion: Poetic Communion, Ordeals of Language, Intimate Grammars, and Complex Remindings

      15. Language, Music, and Emotion in Lament Poetry: The Embodiment and Performativity of Emotions in Karelian Laments

      16. Expressing Emotion through Forms of Address in Colombian Spanish

      17. Emoji and the Expression of Emotion in Writing

      18. Emotion and Metalanguage

      19. Autism and Emotion: Situating Autistic Emotionality in Interactional, Sociocultural, and Political Contexts

      20. Vocal Affects and Mediated Communication

      21. Part IV. Language, Emotion, and the Affective Body-Self

      22. Language, Emotion, and the Body: Combining Linguistic and Biological Approaches to Interactions Between Romantic Partners

      23. Emotion in the Language of Prayer

      24. Emotion and Gender in Personal Narratives

      25. Part V. Emotion Communities

      26. Laughter, Joy, Sorrow, Stigma: The Making and Breaking of Sign Language Communities

      27. Becoming Blessed: Happiness and Faith in Pentecostal Discourse

      28. Learning Healing Relationality: Dynamics of Religion and Emotion

      29. Emotions and the Evolution of Human Auditory Language



    Sonya E. Pritzker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama. She is a linguistic and medical anthropologist whose research investigates how both health and healthcare are mediated by interaction in multiple settings. She has published extensively on translation in Chinese medicine, psychology in China, and the communication of emotion in intimate relationships.

    Janina Fenigsen is a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist whose research and teaching interests include race, language policy, language contact and creolization, linguistic heritage, health promotion, neoliberalism, and semiotics of emotion. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern Arizona.

    James M. Wilce is Emeritus Professor at Northern Arizona University. His research merges linguistic, psychological, and medical anthropology, and has included studies on lament in Bangladesh and Finland, and emotion pedagogies in Arizona. He is the author of many scholarly publications addressing language and emotion.