Chapter published in:Surprise at the Intersection of Phenomenology and Linguistics
Edited by Natalie Depraz and Agnès Celle
[Consciousness & Emotion Book Series 11] 2019
► pp. 92–113
Surprise in native, bilingual and non-native spontaneous and stimulated recall speech
This article discusses surprise markers in a spoken corpus of reactions to works-of-art and of retrospective interviews with forty English and French natives, bilinguals and learners of English. Following Reisenzein (2000), the study posits a three-phase psycholinguistic scenario: disruption of representations, reaction and rationalizing. In this model, cognitive discrepancy results from the interaction between the properties of the aesthetic source and the subject’s sociocultural representations and memories. Few neutral surprise episodes were identified and discourse was usually marked by intensity and emotion, supporting the hypothesis that surprise is both a triggering mechanism and a component of emotion. The analysis reveals the richness of the network of surprise markers. Work-in-progress indicates that the range of surprise-related linguistic markers elicited by aesthetic objects partly depends on linguistic status (native, bilingual and non-native) and idiomatic proficiency.
Keywords: psycholinguistic scenario, surprise linguistic markers, native, bilingual, learner, emotion, metaphorical competence
Published online: 06 November 2019
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