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Emotions and Multilingualism


  • 7 tables
  • Page extent: 320 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.47 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521045773)

How do bilinguals experience emotions? Do they perceive and express emotions similarly or differently in their respective languages? Does the first language remain forever the language of the heart? What role do emotions play in second language learning and in language attrition? Why do some writers prefer to write in their second language? In this provocative book, Pavlenko challenges the monolingual bias of modern linguistics and psychology and uses the lens of bi- and multilingualism to offer a fresh perspective on the relationship between language and emotions. Bringing together insights from the fields of linguistics, neurolinguistics, psychology, anthropology, psychoanalysis and literary theory, Pavlenko offers a comprehensive introduction to this cross-disciplinary movement. This is a highly readable and thought-provoking book that draws on empirical data and first hand accounts and offers invaluable advice for novice researchers. It will appeal to scholars and researchers across many disciplines.

• Explores the topic of bilingualism and emotions • It has wide appeal across the field of linguistics, cognitive psychology and emotion studies • In-depth focus on research procedures will prove invaluable to students


List of tables; Preface; 1. Languages and emotions: what can a multilingual perspective contribute?; 2. Emotions in the study of multilingualism: framing the questions; 3. Vocal level: is the lady angry?; 4. Semantic and conceptual levels: the bilingual mental lexicon; 5. Discursive level: I feel zhalko tebia bednogo; 6. Neurophysiological level: his coeur is where his feelings dwell; 7. Social cognition: I no longer wanted to speak German; 8. Emotions and multilingualism: an integrated perspective; Appendices; References; Author index; Subject index.


'Aneta Pavlenko's book is a welcome and enriching addition to the field of bilingualism and multilingualism, addressing the topic of the relationship between emotions and multilingualism. As a first attempt to bring together these two fields, this book must be applauded as an important addition to the study of multilingualism. … this book is well-written … an updated, interesting, and integrated account of the state of the art on the interface between affect and multilingualism … as is true of every good scholarly volume, her book raises more questions than it answers and should therefore be read by all scholars of multilingualism.' Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology

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