The semantics of an alternative motivation in folk omens


This article focuses on one of the peripheral structures in the syntax of the folklore of small genres – complex sentences with the semantics of an alternative motivation. It analyzes folk omens containing the formulas which simulate everyday life. The article also identifies different types of behavioral codes having a specific, strongly normalized structure which consists of the left-hand and right-hand sides and discusses the types of taboos that make folk omens more complicated. It analyzes the system of multi-level means of expressing taboos - lexical, morphological, and syntactic.

Key words: 

folk omens, transitional patterns, compound sentences, alternative motivation, semantics of admonition.

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