Z Teorii i Praktyki Dydaktycznej Języka Polskiego, T. 21(2012), s. 62-74
The article presents ways of conceptualizing two emotions, namely joy and fear by ten
and twelve year olds. The author studies children’s answers to the questions of “What is joy?”
and “What is fear?”, constituting a kind of definitions of both concepts. The categories derived
from dictionary definitions of emotions are used to the analysis of particular facets in children’s
responses. She defines definition types made by learners and indicates features typical of conceptualizing
emotions by children. Additionally, she draws conclusions concerning children as
such, as the nature of definitions tells a lot about their authors.