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Research Project

Emotion Construction Without a Sense of the Body

Project Team:

2018 – 2020

Project Summary

This project extended the investigation begun with the Language of Kim project to further explore how an individual with limited physical sensations perceives and expresses affect and emotion.

Research Team

Lenore Grenoble

Lenore Grenoble

John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics and Humanities Collegiate Division

University of Chicago

Lenore Grenoble specializes in the study of language contact and shift in Indigenous settings, with particular attention to the Arctic. Her work is empirically driven, and her current interests focus on language usage in multilingual settings, with particular attention to Arctic Indigenous...

Peggy Mason

Peggy Mason

Professor of Neurobiology

University of Chicago

After a 25-year focus on the cellular mechanisms of pain modulation (how does morphine work? and related questions), Peggy Mason's laboratory is now focused on the biological basis of empathy and helping. Important questions include:

Do rats help another in distress? Yes.

Who do...

Project Narrative

Reading List

Boroditsky, L.

How language shapes thought Scientific American. 304:62-5. 2011 Read

Burton, S. & L. Matthewson

Targeted construction storyboards in semantic fieldwork In M. R. Bochnak & L. Matthewson, eds., Methodologies in semantic fieldwork, 135-156. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2015) Read

Cole, J.

Pride and a Daily Marathon Boston: MIT Press (1995) Read

Nagel T.

What is it like to be a bat? The Philosophical Review LXXXIII, 4:435-50 (1973) Read

Viberg, Å.

The verbs of perception: a typological study Linguistics 21, 123-162 (1983) Read

Winawer, J., N. Witthoft, M. C. Frank, L. Wu, A. R. Wade & L. Boroditsky

Russian blues reveal effects of language on color discrimination PNAS 104:7780-85 (2007) Read


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