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Cognitive Linguistics and the Evolution of Body and Soul in the Western World: from Ancient Hebrew to Modern English

Evola, Vito (2007) Cognitive Linguistics and the Evolution of Body and Soul in the Western World: from Ancient Hebrew to Modern English. [Conference Poster]

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Abstract

A philological and comparative analysis of the lexical items concerning personhood in Ancient Hebrew, Ancient Greek and Modern English reveals semantic shifts concerning the relative lexical concepts. Ancient Hebrew presents an essentially holistic idea of personhood, whereas, via Biblical translations and Greek philosophical influences, the Western World has conceptualized humans as being dualistic in nature. I analyze the polysemy and semantic shifts in the lexicon used for "body" and "soul" in Ancient Hebrew and Ancient Greek, which are the two linguistic systems known by St. Paul of Tarsus, and then confront them with Paul's usage context, and finally with Modern English, hypothesizing a possible case of linguistic relativity.

Item Type:Conference Poster
Keywords:philology, cognitive linguistics, body, soul, Hebrew, Greek, English, religion, St. Paul, religion, Christianity, Judaism, frames, translation, exegesis
Subjects:Philosophy > Epistemology
Linguistics > Comparative Linguistics
Philosophy > Metaphysics
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
Linguistics > Pragmatics
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Ethics
Linguistics > Semantics
Linguistics > Syntax
Psychology > Social Psychology
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Linguistics > Historical Linguistics
ID Code:6116
Deposited By:Evola, Vito
Deposited On:15 Jul 2008 10:56
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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