Abstract:
A comparative semantic study by Shimotori (2013) shows that concepts underlying dimensional adjectives in Japanese and Swedish are largely organized by the association networks consisting mostly of nouns referring to spatial extensions in three-dimensional world. Similarly, a corpus-based study by Srdanovic (2013) demonstrates semantic grouping of the nouns that collocate with dimensional adjective takai 'tall, high', covering three large domains: position (space?), quantity and quality. Both studies report on usage of dimensional adjectives in association with abstract nouns, in which case the dimensional adjectives tend to indicate figurative meaning e.g. takai kanshin 'high interest'. Some of the abstract nouns refer to various kinds of emotions, or cognitive activities, such as love, ideal and thought. The present study examines how emotions are characterised by dimensional adjectives in two different languages,  Japanese and Swedish, and from two different empirical perspectives, observing association networks of native speakers and large-scale corpora.

References:
Shimotori, Misuzu (2013) Conceptual Contrasts: A comparative semantic study of dimensional adjectives in Japanese and Swedish. Umeå Studies in Language and Literature 17. Department of Language Studies, Umeå University.

Srdanović, Irena (2013) Description of Adjective-Noun Collocations Based on Large-Scale Corpora: Towards a Dictionary for Japanese Language Learners, NINJAL Research Papers, No. 6