HAPPINESS IS MOVING UP: Conceptualizing emotions through motion verbs

This paper reports an investigation into the role of motion verbs in representing emotional states by means of a cross-linguistic observation of English and Italian. The study selects the emotion HAPPINESS for observation and presents empirical data which reveals the metaphorical extension of movement constructions to conceptualize emotions. It posits a Conceptual Metaphor framework which can account for the use of verbs encoding manner of physical movement to conceptualize a cognitive/psychological state of emotion.

Key words: motion verbs, emotion, conceptual metaphor, cross-linguistic


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