This book pulls together new research and theory on the verbal communication of emotions by an international, cross-disciplinary group of recognized experts in affective communication. The book's goal is to provide readers with a comprehensive view of current research and encourage cross-disciplinary interaction. Topics include analyses of literal and figurative expressions for emotions, studies of the use of metaphor and other figurative expressions for emotion, analysis of the role of conversational partners in creating emotional meaning, and the effects of culture on emotional communication.
The chapters are organized into three broad areas: background theory, figurative language use, and social/cultural aspects of emotional communication. Part I reviews fundamental issues in the verbal communication of emotion. Part II examines the role of metaphor and other figures of speech in emotional communication in both everyday language and psychotherapeutic contexts. Part III looks at ways emotions are embedded in larger socio-culture processes. Taken as a whole, the chapters provide a comprehensive look at the current state of research on the use of language in affective communication and suggest a number of interesting directions for future research.
"This is a very important book. The benefit of this compliation is a greater understanding of the study of emotion from a variety of perspectives. Scholars also are able to see the type of work done in other disciplines."
—Southern Communication Journal
Contents: S.R. Fussell, The Verbal Communication of Emotion: Introduction and Overview. Part I:Theoretical Foundations. C. Goddard, Explicating Emotions Across Languages and Cultures: A Semantic Approach. S. Planalp, K. Knie, Integrating Verbal and Nonverbal Emotion(al) Messages. R. Fiehler, How to Do Emotions With Words: Emotionality in Conversations (Translated by H.B. Gill, III, Edited by S.R. Fussell). Part II:Figurative Language in Emotional Communication. Z. Kövecses, Emotion Concepts: Social Constructivism and Cognitive Linguistics. R.W. Gibbs, Jr., J.S. Leggitt, E.A. Turner, What's Special About Figurative Language in Emotional Communication? L. Angus, Y. Korman, Conflict, Coherence, and Change in Brief Psychotherapy: A Metaphor Theme Analysis. L.M. McMullen, J.B. Conway, Conventional Metaphors for Depression. Part III:Social and Cultural Dimensions. B. Rimé, S. Corsini, G. Herbette, Emotion, Verbal Expression, and the Social Sharing of Emotion. J. Pittam, C. Gallois, The Language of Fear: The Communication of Intergroup Attitudes in Conversations About HIV and AIDS. L. Honos-Webb, L.M. Endres, A. Shaikh, E.A. Harrick, J.A. Lani, L.M. Knobloch-Fedders, M. Surko, W.B. Stiles, Rewards and Risks of Exploring Negative Emotion: An Assimilation Model Account. K. Ferrara, Blocking Emotions: The Face of Resistance.