Linguistik der Emotionen: Gefühlsausdruck bei Terenz und Cicero

Author: Müller, Roman
Title: Linguistik der Emotionen: Gefühlsausdruck bei Terenz und Cicero
Review/Collection: In Concepción Cabrillana : Recent Trends and Findings in Latin Linguistics, Volume II: Semantics and Lexicography. Discourse and Dialogue
Place edition: Berlin, Boston
Editor: de Gruyter
Year edition: 2024
Pages: 553-568
Keywords: Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Description: The linguistics of emotions deal with verbal emotional expression; through dialogue, Latin drama and Cicero’s letters both convey emotions in a style similar to speech. Close inspection of the lexical as well as the syntactical domain reveals that Cicero reduces the direct expression of emotion in favour of description, which causes a shift from the lexical to the syntactical domain. In his letters he builds a theory of expressing emotions involving quality as well as quantity: referring to rhetoric as well as philosophy, he argues that emotions cause mostly a reduction of utterances, whether in quantity or in quality. Rhetoric demands to avoid loquacitas, stoic pilosophy demands abstinence from emotions. By creating a new genre of epistles that observes both discourse strategies, the author shapes the relationship with the addressee. [Author]
Author initials: Müller 2024