“The zoological garden” of Russian mental notions. The variations and the dynamics of the reproductive image Cover Image

„Зоопарк” ментального представления русскоязычных Вариации и динамика репродуктивного образа (1)
“The zoological garden” of Russian mental notions. The variations and the dynamics of the reproductive image

Author(s): Piotr Czerwiński
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Semantics, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: linguistic / non‑linguistic awareness; mentality; mental image; animal – human; semantics

Summary/Abstract: The character of the relations between linguistic and not strictly linguistic elements of awareness is discussed upon the example of existing notions. The vocabulary material reflecting both historical and contemporary interpretations is quoted. These interpretations consider the words’ etymology. Their analysis is intended to find out the motifs which change in time, features and semantic analogies. These three elements are then consolidated in the notions of the mental and linguistic culture. Later on the character of relations is established (by placing the character in artificially created space) between the state of an animal and that of a human. The human resembles the animal, and the latter is a representative of a community in captivity, and the human observing the animals becomes an element of the collective display. The gathered information and interpretations (compared to the data from the dictionary of dreams via their semantic and mental features) make it possible to ask a question on the semantics of the mental and semantic features of the vivid experiences which are in perceptual and mental existence. These experiences shape the notions for the representatives of a specific mental culture. The notions in question are of regulating, approximate and not always realized character. These notions are especially the ones which condition the organisation of the world in linguistic and non‑linguistic awareness, and as a result they influence the semantic evolution of a language as well as its users’ mentality.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 23-58
  • Page Count: 36
  • Language: Russian