Linguistics of Coming: Konzepte des Orgasmus in 27 Sprachen

Schöne Stude von Anita Yen Chiang und Wen-yu Chiang von der Uni Sussex: Behold, I am Coming Soon! A Study on the Conceptualization of Sexual Orgasm in 27 Languages. Anhand der Sprachanalyse haben sie drei unterschiedliche Konzepte des Orgasmus ausgemacht: Physiologisch (also der physische Vorgang selbst), psychologisch (die Befriedigung dabei) und als ideelles Ziel des Sexaktes. Diese drei Konzepte drücken sich dann in unterschiedlichen Metaphern aus („Höhepunkt“, „Feuer“, „Tod“, „Erregung“ oder „Heiß“), wobei sie nicht exklusiv genutzt werden, sondern sich überschneiden.

Interessant: Die meisten Sprachen beschreiben den Zeitpunkt des Boomshakalaka-Moments mit Variationen von „Kommen“, während u.a. die Japaner „Gehen“ und z.B. die Russen „Fertig“ werden.

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Abstract:
This study explores how sexual orgasm is conceptualized in 27 languages and proposes an ideal cognitive model for sexual desire. Specifically, the study has identified that the conceptual metaphors, conceptual metonymies, and related concepts manifested in the terms and announcements for orgasm can be categorized into orgasm as a physiological response, orgasm as a psychological state, and orgasm as an ideal goal. We also observed that languages tend to conceptualize orgasm as a physiological response in the terms for orgasm; whereas more languages are inclined to conceptualize orgasm as an ideal goal in the announcements for orgasm.

Depending on whether the focus is on the physiological, psychological, and ideal aspects during sex, native speakers of their various languages may conceptualize orgasm with the conceptual metaphors ORGASM IS A PEAK, ORGASM IS FIRE, ORGASM IS DEATH, ORGASM IS A DESTINATION, and ORGASM IS THE RELEASE OF FORCE/SUBSTANCE IN A CONTAINER; conceptual metonymies (i.e., EXCITEMENT FOR ORGASM, SWELLING FOR ORGASM, and HEAT FOR ORGASM); and related concepts (i.e., (FEELING OF) SATISFACTION and (FEELING OF) PLEASURE). In proposing the ideal cognitive model for sexual desire, the study also suggests that sexual desire is an emotion closely related to love and happiness. The intertwining relationship between the three emotions implies that the experience and satisfaction of sexual desire may be important for maintaining the physiological and psychological wellbeing of an individual as well as the development of healthy and loving sexual/romantic relationships.