chapter  2
KISSING AND CUDDLING
The reciprocity of romantic and sexual activity
ByElizabeth Manning
Pages 17

Language both reflects and shapes our view of the world. This applies to grammar as well as lexis-to the way that people choose to put words together as well as to the actual words they choose to use. This chapter will show the link between lexis and grammar as it relates to verbs and phrases indicating romantic, affectionate, or sexual activities and relationships, and the link between these verbs and phrases and people’s view of the events they represent. I will focus on verbs and phrases that can be classified grammatically as ‘reciprocal’ because of the structures or patterns in which they are used, since these seem to constitute the largest subgroup of lexical items relating to the semantic area of romantic and sexual activity.