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EMOTION STRUCTURE OF THE ISIXHOSA LANGUAGE GROUP IN SOUTH AFRICA.

ABSTRACT

Title: Emotion structure of the Isixhosa language group in South Africa.

Key Terms: Emotions, emotion structure, similarity, prototype, dimensions, GRID, prototypicality, language group, cross cultural, cultural diversity and Isixhosa.

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Titel: Emosiestruktuur van die Isixhoza taalgroep in Suid-Afrika.

Sleutelterme: Emosie, emosiestruktuur, sinonieme, prototype, dimensies, GRID, prototipikaliteit, taalgroep, kruiskultureel, kulturele diversiteit en Isixhoza.

CHAPTER 1

TITLE: Emotion structure of the Isixhosa language group in South Africa.

KEYWORDS: Emotions, emotion structure, similarity, prototype, dimensions, GRID, prototypicality, language group, cross cultural, cultural diversity and Isixhosa.

INTRODUCTION

This mini-dissertation focuses on how emotions are experienced in a cross-cultural environment among the Isixhosa culture. This chapter contains the problem statement and a discussion of the research objectives, in which the general objective and specific objectives are set out. The research method is explained and a division of chapters is given.

1.1 PROBLEM STATEMENT

South Africa’s daily workforce according to Human (2005) is represented by the ethnic minority culture groups in South Africa. The past decade has seen South Africa gone under tremendous socio-economic and political transformation, after the disintegration of the apartheid era, and moving towards a democratic diversified country (Human, 2005).

The depletion of the apartheid regime in South Africa brought forward the willingness of a newly elected government to make away with the previous indignities of the apartheid regime, and this included the development of new psychological measurements, that is free of any racial, cultural and gender discrimination (Nzimande, 1995).

Psychometric testing in South Africa prior to the depletion of the apartheid regime was seen as unfair, biased and discriminating according to Foxcroft (1997), this assumption was mainly made because the measures used in South Africa, were developed and standardised for white people only (Foxcroft, 1997). Research done by Harding and Pribram (2002) has showed that there has been little detailed research of emotions structures as part of everyday personal, cultural and political life within various cultures. According to the results found in the above mentioned literature, the conclusion can be drawn that the development of a feeling instrument for South African languages will be off tremendous worth, to the recognition of future emotion structures as part of everyday personal, cultural and political life among the diverse South African cultures and languages.

The recognition of human emotion and affective expression is influenced by many factors, including culture according to Kleinsmith, De Silva and Bianchi-Berthouze (2006). Emotions according to Church, Katigbak, Reyes and Jensen (1998) can be viewed as one of the core dimensions of the human psyche, next to motivation, cognition, and perception. According to Totterdel (n.d) emotion in the workplace have always been studied as an outcome of work;

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