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The Body in Language: An Introduction

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This is the introductory chapter of the book The Body in Language: Comparative Studies of Linguistic Embodiment. The book focuses on the 'body' as the donor domain for conceptual transfers to a wide range of target domains. The case studies are on various languages from different continents and while some contributions highlight specific body-part terms, others focus on certain target domains. The theoretical reflections of the authors are on grammaticalization, lexical semantics, philosophy, multimodal communication and- by discussing metaphorization and metonymy in figurative language- they also contribute to Cognitive Linguistics. The book is divided into five sections highlighting specific aspects of linguistic embodiment.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics; grammaticalization; lexical semantics; metaphorization; metonymy; multimodal communication; philosophy



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