Emotional Expression through Linguistics

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Katherine Pittman

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Dr. Daniel Woolsey, Modern & Classical Languages

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There exists a definite connection between the linguistic and psychological worlds. Although the categories of language prove certain limitations, we find ways to express our infinite variety of emotional experiences through these limits. We desire to express ourselves emotionally because ultimately we desire to be known beings. To put our emotions into words, however, is a great and difficult task, but we find a way to express ourselves through language, verbal and nonverbal, to reveal parts of our psyche, as we try to describe and share our emotional experiences. In the present paper I explore and explain why language is important to emotional expression starting in infancy, how it reveals the internal state of an individual, and what all of this implies for individuals who identify as bilingual.

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