- What the Theory of Affective Pragmatics Does and Doesn't Do
- Psychological Inquiry
- Volume | Issue number
- 28 | 2-3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
The theory of affective pragmatics (TAP) is proposed as a theory on “what emotional
expressions 'do'from a communicative point of view”(p. 171). We think that Andrea
Scarantino's (this issue) aim to present a more integrative theory on emotion expression is laudable, and we also appreciate his aim to bridge the gap between two opposing theories on emotion expressions, namely, Ekman's Basic Emotion Theory (Ekman, 1992) and Fridlund's Behavorial Ecology View (1994). In this commentary we question some of premises of TAP, point some issues that need further clarification, and assess the overall added value of TAP, giving existing theory and research.
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