The category of opposition and the means of its realization at different linguistic levels of the Russian and English languages


The article analyses the logical-philosophic category of opposition in terms of its linguistic reflection. Antinomy is considered as a combination of mutually opposed statements about objects and phenomena of reality, which reflects the understanding of antinomy in linguistics. The article presents linguistic interpretations of the definitions “opposition” and “contrast” and gives the authors’ definition of “contrast” based on the multilevel nature of language. The article describes the phenomenon of linguistic contrast realized at different levels of the Russian and English languages.

Key words: 

contrast, contradistinction, opposition, opposites, antinomy, antonyms.

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