Linguistic Representation of Emotions in Japanese and Hungarian: Quantity and Abstractness

  • Márton SZEMEREY Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary Dharma Gate Buddhist College University of Pécs
Keywords: Emotion, Emotion regulation, Linguistic Category Model, Linguistic Abstraction


In the present paper, two linguistic aspects of emotion expression are studied in the form they are performed in present day Japanese and Hungarian. After a brief summary on the recent emotional researches connected to Japanese culture and language, the concept of Linguistic Category Model is introduced. The quantitative study presented afterwards investigates emotion expression in terms of amount and abstraction. Translations were used for comparison and the results showed that 1) Japanese tend to use less explicit emotion terms compared to Hungarians and 2) emotion language in Japanese is characterized by the choice of less abstract phrases compared to Hungarian. These findings are discussed in the light of their relevance to former researches of cross-cultural psychology and linguistics.


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SZEMEREY, M. (2012). Linguistic Representation of Emotions in Japanese and Hungarian: Quantity and Abstractness. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 2(1), 61-72.
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