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J Psycholinguist Res. 2016 Dec;45(6):1473-1497.

Their Hands Have Lost Their Bones: Exploring Cultural Scripts in Two West African Affect Lexica.

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1
Department of African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA.
2
Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. nicole.senft@gmail.com.
3
Department of Psychiatry, University of Ghana School of Medicine & Dentistry, Accra, Ghana.
4
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA.

Abstract

Previous research has indicated the importance of embodiment in West African emotion lexica. The current study aims to explore the pervasiveness of this cultural script through the analysis of the emotional lexica of two West African languages (Ga and Ewe) from Southern Ghana that have been featured minimally in previous emotion research. The analysis indicated that embodiment was an important cultural script in both affective lexica. However, interpersonal representations of emotions were also present. Further, emotion words in the two languages differed in the more specific loci of emotions.

KEYWORDS:

Affect; Somatization; West Africa

PMID:
26888786
DOI:
10.1007/s10936-016-9415-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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