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"Lenistwo" – polska konceptualizacja w świetle danych korpusowych i ankietowych
"Lenistwo" (‘laziness’) – Polish conceptualization (based on corpus and survey data)

Author(s): Dorota Zdunkiewicz-Jedynak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: językowy obraz świata; stereotyp; linguistic picture of the world; conceptualization; stereotype

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with the picture of ‘laziness’ established in the Polish language. I try to determine which evaluative connotations are typical of this word in Polish, whether the process of secularization on the one hand, and – on the other hand – high valuation of work in the contemporary culture influence changes in the Poles’ axiological attitudes towards laziness, and if so, whether it is reflected in the Polish language. To carry out such research, I employ conceptual apparatus of cognitive linguistics, including such concepts as stereotype and linguistic picture of the world. The basis for describing the cognitive structure of laziness is made up of corpus and survey data. As a complementary source, I use Google image search. Images inform of extra-designational elements of the meaning, so I treat them as non-linguistic evidence of what is available through the language in the research of the linguistic picture of the world. The algorithm of the search engine promotes popular websites, indirectly giving insight into concepts in popular thinking.

  • Issue Year: 64/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 351-360
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish