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Ekaterina V. Sklizkova

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Ekaterina V. Sklizkova — PhD in Culturology, Associate Professor, Institute of Slavic Culture, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University, Khibinsky Dir. 6, 129337 Moscow, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0135-8616

E-mail: katunyas@yandex.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 70


pp. 86–96


March 03, 2023

Approved after reviewing

May 12, 2023

Date of publication

December 25, 2023



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Colour is a universal phenomenon of cognitive space, mixed with semiotic hierarchy, and existential constructions. Being a very dynamic cognitive category, it forms a complex system of meanings, images, linguistic formulae.
The modern European languages have lost many of the ancient Indo-European terms of colour. Some of them have changed semantics, or have been substituted by borrowed words. Nevertheless, linguistic parallels in the sphere of colour nomination are quite obvious. Semiotically, colours have retained the elements of intuitive symbolism in their semantics, which is especially noticeable in phraseological or similar phrases.
Idioms are linguistic symbols, represented the figurative component of the language, and function as a separate sign system. Colour terms, being a semiotic and linguistic unit, are inserted as one of the components into a phrase, forming the specific meaning and reflecting the historical and cultural aspect of the idiom.
In contrast to the word with its semantic certainty, colour due to the associative perception, being a powerful causative agent of the sphere of the extra-consciousness, turns out to be an important gnoseological factor.


Archetype, Cognitive, Collocability, Colour, Culture, Derivative, Etymology, Indo-European, Phraseology, Semantics, Semiotics, Sign, Terminology.


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