Volume 3   Number 1      Fall 2008

The Problem  of Translation in Cross-Cultural Research on Emotion Concepts (Commentary on Choi and Han)
Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

pp. 241-248   (pdf)
ABSTRACT:  Choi & Han conceive shimcheong as a specific Korean emotion concept that can be considered as an extended empathy embedded in Korean culture. This article analyzes from a conceptualist perspective the problems of translation in cross-cultural research about emotion concepts and the necessity of differentiating emotion concepts and emotional experience. Everyday concepts of emotions across languages and cultures are not mere tools for understanding emotions. They have to be considered as an object of study in itself.  

Keywords: concepts, cross-cultural research, emotion concepts, translation