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Lyudmila M. Buzinova

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Lyudmila M. Buzinova — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, International University Moscow, Leningradsky blvd. 17, 125040 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: rluda@mail.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 52


pp. 65–72


January 15, 2018

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June 28, 2019

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This paper explores cognitive potential of the language sign in representing the concepts “soul” and “fate” within the language culture of russophony. The relevance of the research topic is determined by the rapid development of anthropocentrism and cognitive trend in modern linguistics, aimed at studying linguistic picture of the world, constituted by verbalized concepts. The study, examining methods of phraseological, literary verbalization of the concepts “soul” and “fate”, suggests that the analysis of mechanisms of anthropological verbalization of these concepts at different levels of discursive realization will reveal additional essential characteristics of the Russian conceptual sphere in the ethno-cultural aspect. Study material includes lexical units, qualified by a single semantic component, which were selected from lexicographic sources, and during analysis partially enriched by examples of their use from the original works of contemporary Russian fiction. The analysis resulted in the author's defining of the term “concept”; identifying of the pronounced national and cultural specifics of concepts under study; distinguishing main characteristics of the Russian ethno-culture, with following key components: “emotionality”, “sociability”, “religiousness”, “perceptivity”, “certainty — instability”. The concepts considered affect the nation's values and cultural orientations, its religious attitudes, mental and behavioral stereotypes. The paper suggests the possibility of further studies on the basis of other conceptual and lexical categories of vocabulary. The results obtained can be used in cultural studies, teaching courses in lexicology and intercultural communication of the modern German language, in compiling educational and methodological developments and in research on the theory of modern Russian language.


concept, conceptosphere, conceptual signs, mentality, national character.


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