Dispersed motion metaphors of emotion in Slovene. A cognitive grammatical analysis of the prefix "raz-" in verbs of emotional experience

  • Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk University of Bielsko-Biala


This article analyzes Slovene constructions with verbs of emotional experience formed by the prefix "raz-" (= in different directions, apart). The author argues that the prefix metaphorically extends its spatial (physical) meaning and denotes metaphorical motion resulting in the emergence of an emotional state (i.e., the first stage of the emotion scripts) and the occurrence of a physical reaction (i.e., the third stage). The author discusses not only metaphorical extensions of the prefix but also how its spatial meanings are mapped onto the course of an event of emotional change. The author also reflects on types of causation implied by the experiencer-object and experiencer-subject of emotions, and on verbs of physical reaction that are prefixed by "raz-".