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Journal of Beijing International Studies University  2020, Vol. 42 Issue (2): 62-75    DOI: 10.12002/j.bisu.275
Linguistic Studies     
On Hidden Negation in English from the Perspective of Embodied Cognition
Ma Yongtian()
School of Foreign Languages, Lingnan Normal University, Zhanjiang 524048, China
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Hidden negation is a special linguistic phenomenon. On the lexical level, hidden negation refers to the fact that some words, in spite of their often-used affirmative senses, can be used in a certain context to convey negative meanings. This paper probes into hidden negation in English from the perspective of embodied cognition in cognitive linguistics. The research results show that English hidden negation can be divided roughly into location negation, scope negation, distance negation, loss negation, want negation, point negation, and dimension negation. The hidden negative meanings of such English words are actually the new meanings extended from the affirmative senses, which are both empirical and emotional. The establishment of hidden negation, therefore, is attributed to the combination of the empirical coexistence of people, the solidification of language use, and the experience of people’s feelings; both the body and mind play an active role in the generation of the hidden negative meanings. In addition, the metaphoric projection also plays an important role in the formation process of these words’ negative meanings, and this process mainly entails spatial metaphor, existential metaphor, and numerical metaphor. This study may illuminate a new approach for the exploration of meaning extension of these special words. .

Key wordsexperience      emotion      hidden negation      projection      embodied cognition     
Received: 25 May 2017      Published: 14 August 2020
ZTFLH:  H030  
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Ma Yongtian. On Hidden Negation in English from the Perspective of Embodied Cognition. Journal of Beijing International Studies University, 2020, 42(2): 62-75.

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