Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume. 8 Number 4 December 2017                                           Pp. 137 -147
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no4.9

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English Phraseology: Cognitive, Symbolic and Terminological Aspects
(Based on Idioms with Colour Adjectives Black/White/Red) 

Natalya N. Zerkina
Foreign Languages for Engineering Chair, Institute of Humanities,
Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University,
Magnitogorsk, Russia

Yekaterina A. Lomakina
Linguistics and Literature Chair, Institute of Humanities,
Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University,
Magnitogorsk, Russia

  Natalja V. Kozhushkova
Department of Sociology, Document Science and Archive Science,
Institute of Humanities, Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University
Magnitogorsk, Russia

 

 

Abstract:
The authors focus on idioms as means of categorization of the world and means of keeping temporal and spatial cultural-historical data transmission. Special attention is given to the symbolic meaning of idiom components. Aspects of English phraseology are analyzed by emphasizing phraseological antonymy as an important linguistic universal that is pointed out as binary structures playing an important role in cognition by participating in cognitive and structural processes. The analysis considers explicit and implicit representation of the concept of ‘white’, its semiotic and symbolic meanings and its psychical effect on a human being. The article focuses on the process of phrase-forming as a language phenomenon and an efficient means of term-formation in the English language. The authors discusses possibility of using and reproducing idioms with the phraseological model adjective + noun and forecasts further term-formation according to the phraseological model. The article is aimed at showing interaction of linguistic and extra linguistic aspects within an idiom, as a linguistic unit, and the way the linguistic aspects transform into extra linguistic ones and vice versa.
Key words: English, idiom, semantics, semiotics, symbolic meaning, term-formation

Cite as: Zerkina, N. N.,. Lomakina, Y. A., & Kozhushkova, N. V.  (2017). English Phraseology: Cognitive, Symbolic and Terminological Aspects (Based on Idioms with Colour Adjectives Black/White/Red)Speaking Skill. Arab World English Journal, 8 (4).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no4.9

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Natalya N. Zerkina, PhD (Philology), Assoc. Prof., the Head of Foreign Languages for
Engineering Chair, Institute of Humanities, NMSTU, more than 20- year experience in teaching
foreign languages (English, German, Russian) and allied subjects, active participant of
international scientific and practical conferences and symposia; organizer of students’ conferences,
roundtable debate, summer schools for foreign students etc. Research interests include the English
language, phraseology, semantics, abbreviation, onomastics, language in cyber space etc. Author
of about 100 publications, 14 of them are indexed in Scopus and WoS; co-author of 4 monographs,
textbooks.