This is a cognitive linguistic study on the English word shame since the early fifteenth century, as represented by data collected from several electronic corpora. Kövecses (1986, 1988, 1990) has written several books on emotion concepts in English, and Tissari (2003), in a study on the English word love in early modern and present-day English, used his research on the concept of love as a starting-point for looking at the metaphors of love. This paper continues in the same vein of diachronic research, turning to look at the word shame and the concept of shame. Because Kövecses (1986, 1990) does not pay special attention to the concept of shame, this study is modeled after his description of the concept of pride. Furthermore, it considers the possibility of using Kaufman's theory of shame (1996 ) as a basis for categorizing causes of shame.
Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Olga Timofeeva, Heli Tissari, and Tanja Säily
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