Halyna Lukianets. Semantic Extensions of Green/ З Colour Terms in Contemporary English and Ukrainian Fiction

Social Sciences / Communication / Linguistics

Submitted on: Jan 30, 2018, 07:18:51

Description: The analysis of semantic properties of green/зелений colour in the English and Ukrainian languages conducted on the basis of dictionary entries and linguistic corpora data shows how colour categorization is shaped in language and fiction by both nation's common cognitive universals and their socio-cultural evolutionary processes. Corpora data analysis shows semantic extensions of green colour terms in fiction, which are explained in terms of individual authors' cognitive shifts within universal physiological parameters. Expressing personal emotions and implied pragmatic aims writers either create new colours or makes semantic shifts in the existing ones. Metaphors, metonymies, and similes serve basis to create extended green/зелений colour meanings. Synaesthetic shifts of colour perception also enrich colour semantics. Structural extensions of green colour are the combinations of colour term with quality or quantity modifier, which not only denote physical properties of colour, but also show colour emotional and psychological value for the speaker or writer.

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