Contrasting languages and cultures : A multifactorial profile-based account of SHAME in English, Polish, and French

Abstract : The present study investigates the concept of SHAME from a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective. This concept, overarching the field of negative self-eva-luative emotions, is operationalized through two lexical categories ('shame' and 'embarrassment') that are comparable in the languages under investigation. The usage of the adjectival exponents of these categories is analyzed in four communities of British English, American English, French and Polish. The study has two goals, one descriptive, the other methodological. Firstly, it aims to identify the conceptual structuring of the two lexical categories relative to their respective socio-cultural contexts. The result will be four sets of culture-sensitive usage profiles. Secondly, the study further advances corpus-driven quantitative methodology for the description of intersubjectively-grounded abstract concepts. The results obtained here provide partial evidence for the existence of a cultural continuum ranging from the Anglo-Saxon communities, through France to Poland along the descriptive dimension of individualism-collectivism.
Document type :
Preprints, Working Papers, ...
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [53 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01464866
Contributor : Communication Fmsh <>
Submitted on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:27:49 PM
Last modification on : Friday, December 29, 2017 - 4:14:04 PM
Long-term archiving on : Friday, June 23, 2017 - 1:43:11 PM

File

FMSH-WP-2017-121 Krawczak'.pdf
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : halshs-01464866, version 3

Collections

Citation

Karolina Krawczak. Contrasting languages and cultures : A multifactorial profile-based account of SHAME in English, Polish, and French. 2017. ⟨halshs-01464866v3⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

202

Files downloads

109