A cognitive - discursive study of paroemiological units with a zoonym component in the English and Russian languages

Abstract: 

This article makes an attempt at a linguo-сognitive analysis of English and Russian paroemiological units nominating animals. Paroemias are reviewed as a language unit, possessing much linguo-cultural information about a nation. There exist insufficient amount of research on this issue conducted in a comparative aspect. The article distinguishes groups of paroemias and identifies their differences and similarities conditioned by the universal character of indirect and derivative nominations and realization of identical cognitive models of semantic transfer, based on the universal cultural codes. A short analysis of the most frequent zoonym components found in paroemias is carried out and their comparison is provided.

Key words: 

proverb (paroemia), English language, Russian language, zoonym component, cognitive - discursive study.

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