Sweet Mouths and Strong Heads across the Atlantic and Pacific: A semantic analysis of body image constructions in English-lexifier Creoles

Micah Corum, Carsten Levisen

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In this presentation,we analyze usesofsweetmouthandstrongheadin Bislama andNigerianPidgin, which speakers usemetaphoricallyandmetonymicallyto conveycultural an dethno -psychologicalnoti ons.Wetakeadouble-prongapproachcombininginsightsfromcognitivemetaphortheoryand NSMsemantics to studyhistoricalmacro-semanticoperations incombination withthelocal micro-semanticconfiguration.T he studyo fb odyi mageconstructionsallows fora nuancing ofcurrentdiscussion on universalityand relativityinC reole stu
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America - Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans , United States
Duration: 2 Jan 20205 Jan 2020


ConferenceThe 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America
LocationHilton New Orleans Riverside
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Internet address


  • Lexical Semantics
  • creole studies
  • body part terms
  • cultural semantics
  • cognitive semantics
  • Atlantic creoles
  • Pacific creoles

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