Original Articles

The Meaning of Emotion in the White Afrikaans Language Group: A Componential Emotion Theory Approach

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 4, 2011 , pages: 555–563
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820497
Author(s): Cara JonkerNorth-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa, Althea van der MerweNorth-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa, Johnny FontaineGent University, Belgium, Deon MeiringUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

This study determined the meaning of emotion in a sample of white Afrikaans-speaking adults (n=120; males =32, females=88, age range =18–48+ years). Data were collected using the Meaning Grid (Scherer, 2005). The analysis examined the factor loadings of emotion words via a factor analysis and factor scores of 24 emotion terms were determined. Results indicated the following dimensions to characterize the meaning of emotion in the sample: activation-pleasantness, arousal/unpredictability and a power-control. The conclusion can be drawn that four dimensions are needed to satisfactory represent the meaning of emotion words in the white Afrikaans language group.

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