the domain of emotion words on Ifaluk

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The cognitive organization of the domain of emotion words on the island of Ifaluk is examined. Native speakers define and sort emotion words based on the situation in which the relevant emotion typically occurs. English emotion words, by contrast, are usually organized on physiological principles. Universal dimensions of meaning found in other studies of psychological language and culture are also found here, however, and these dimensions, being themselves multidimensional, are interpreted in light of the Ifalukian ethos, [cognitive anthropology, emotion, ethnopsychology, psychological anthropology, Ifaluk]

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