IKBFU's Vestnik

2011 Issue №2

Colour symbolism in the Russian and English languages

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The article focuses on the symbolism of colour terms in European languages. The authors explore and analyze similarities and differences in the use of particular colours as symbols in fixed colour collocations in Russian and English. This analysis helps to establish common microsystems of symbolic meanings in both languages.

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Cognitive scheme or concept: towards the determination of dynamic model of knowledge

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In the article the main emphasis is placed on the determination of procedural approach to the study of conceptual knowledge. With this aim the possibility of using cognitive schemes in analyzing ethno-cultural knowledge is discussed. The comparative association experiments serve as a basis for the reconstruction of cognitive schemes of information processing in different cultures. The comparative analysis of such schemes in
Russian and French cultures is undertaken.

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Actualization of linguo-cultural concepts, verbalized by imported prefixes and prefixoids

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The article suggests a linguo-cognitive typology of prefixes and prefixoids, verbalizing linguo-cultural concepts. Special attention is focused on the concepts verbalized by imported morphemes. A dynamic analysis of these concepts is carried out using the example of conditionally identified “time-related” concepts.

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Acute syndrome of reunification: “Nox” by Thomas Hettche

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The article considers the allegorical image of the fall of the Berlinwall in the novel «Nox» by German writer T. Hettche. The authorreveals «painful points» of the epoch-making historical event at the moment of the heroes' transition from life to death and vice versa. The article analyses a whole variety of developed multilevel metaphors illustrating the painful process of German-German reunification.

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Characteristics of communicative-textual functions of complex proper-tense German sentences

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The article analyses complex proper-tense sentences from the point of view of their role in the text generating process. The article describes the system-formation function of this kind of sentences. The author identifies certain types of derivatory symmetry / asymmetry of the described type of sentences, being the main scenarios of the text generating process.

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Concept integration modelling as a means of phraseological unit formation

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The paper focuses on cognitive processes of phraseological units (colour terms) formation based on the theories of the conceptual metaphor and conceptual integration. Special attention is given to the modified units the meaning of which cannot be inferred from their components. Cognitive mechanisms underlying this type of phraseological units are identified.

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