Lecture by Andrea Scarantino, Georgia State University, Monday July 15, 2019, 15:30-17:15, Sonneborgh Observatory’s Lecture Hall, Zonnenburg 2, Utrecht.
Emotion researchers acknowledge that emotional expressions carry information about various states of affairs. It is also widely recognized that emotional expressions influence their recipients. What has been missing so far is a general framework for the study of (i) what specific information emotional expressions carry, and of (ii) how such information influences the behavior of recipients. In this talk, I introduce my Theory of Affective Pragmatics, whose core claim is that emotional expressions make possible four of the basic communicative moves made available by speech acts: expressing, representing, directing and committing. This raises interesting questions about the relation between linguistic and emotional communication, and suggests some hypotheses about how emotional expressions may have contributed to the evolution of language.
Andrea Scarantino, professor in philosophy, is an internationally leading figure in emotion research, who has written several authoritative overview papers on emotion theory as well as many papers addressing specific thorny issues in emotion research (such as on how emotions can cause actions, both rigidly and flexibly). He is also one of the few emotion scholars who have actively explored the links between emotion and language. For more on the abovementioned theory: Scarantino, A. (2017). How to do things with emotional expressions: The theory of affective pragmatics. Psychological Inquiry, 28(2-3), 165-185.
This lecture is the keynote part of a symposium on Language, Communication and Emotion (see program below). You can register for the full symposium, but also just for the keynote lecture.
13:30-15:00 Symposium Part 1: Four Short Presentations of UiL OTS staff
13:35-13:55 Norbert Corver: Affect in nominal expressions: Organizing disorganization
13:55-14:15 Rick Nouwen: Emotion and semantic composition
14:15-14:35 Na Hu: Effects of sentiment on prosodic expression of subjective causality
14:35-14:55 Jos van Berkum: Emotion in discourse: Simulation, evaluation, and more?
14:55-15:05 Additional discussion
15:30-17:45 Symposium Part 2: Keynote Lecture Andrea Scarantino
15:30-16:45 Emotional expressions and linguistic communication: Analogies and differences
17:15-17:45 Drinks & more discussion
Please register here before July 1 (you can join for the whole afternoon, but also just the keynote lecture).