Love Designations in Modern English

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Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine
Kyiv National Linguistic University

Professor O. M. Morokhovsky Chair of English Lexicology and Stylistics

COURSE PAPER

LOVE DESIGNATIONS IN MODERN ENGLISH:

NOMINATIVE AND COGNITIVE PERSPECTIVES

ANASTASIA VARGAS

Group 403

Department of Germanic Philology

Research Adviser

Assist. Prof. DARIA YU. KUZNIETSOVA

PhD (Linguistics)

Kyiv 2011

INTRODUCTION

The modern stage of linguistics development is characterised by numerous attempts of linguists to reintepret traditional notions. Love is not an exception. This course paper is concerned with the study of the important aspects of contemporary lexicology, i.e., designations of emotional states. The research studies of domestic and foreign scientists such as R. Gwyn, Z. Kövecses, G. Lakoff, M. Johnson, N. V. Dorofeeva, A. A. Kamalova, Yu. A. Naumova and others focus on the different aspects of the study of love designations in Modern English.

The object of the research of this course paper is English language units which designate love.

The subject-matter of the research concerns their nominative and cognitive perspectives.

The aim of the research is to reveal cultural specificity of English love designations viewed from nominative and cognitive perspectives.

The aim of the research presupposes the solution of the following tasks:

– to outline different psychological approaches to the definition of notions emotion and feeling;

– to reveal the specificity of the opposition emotions vs feelings;

– to describe different approaches to the classifications of emotions;

– to determine nonverbal manifestations of emotions;

– to define means of designations of emotions;

– to provide general characteristics of the conceptual metaphor theory;

– to analyse different means of verbalisation of the emotion love in Modern English;

– to demonstrate metaphorical representation of the emotion love in Modern English.

The topicality of this research stems from the interest of modern linguistics in the comprehensive study of verbal means used to describe emotional states in all respects.

The theoretical significance of the research is determined by its value for further development of cognitive linguistics and theory of nomination.

The practical value of the research is that its main conclusions can be applied in the courses of lexicology (chapter ‘Semasiology’), in special courses on nonverbal semiotics and linguistics of emotions.

The methodology used in this course paper is conditioned by the aim, the object, the subject-matter and the tasks of the research and embraces the following methods:

– the descriptive method, applied for linguistic observation, generalisation and classification of the material under examination;

– the method of componential analysis used to describe semantic groups of English love designations;

– the method of semantic analysis, used to reveal the paradigmatic relationships between different love designations;

– elements of the quantative analysis of the data.

Structurally the course paper consists of the introduction, two chapters, a résumé, list of reference materials. The total number of pages is 38.

Chapter one provides a theoretical framework for the study of emotions, with a special focus on psychological and linguistic aspects, as well as their interreations.

Chapter two shows the practical application of the theoretical framework of this research. Different means of verbalisation of the emotion love...
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