On the issue of figurative potency of linguistic units (based on the analysis of “dream” lexeme functioning)

Abstract: 

The article studies the imagery of lexical units as an important area of research into language aesthetics. The object of the analysis is the dream lexeme used in the poetic works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This research is based on the texts extracted from "Russian National Corpus", its theoretical basis being the works of the scholars who consider the language of images to be a system of paradigms. The analysis of the dream lexeme functioning in poetry enabled to identify the types of paradigms in which this word appears as an object of comparison and to make a list of the most extensional figurative patterns.

Key words: 

poetic text, imagery, figurative paradigm, semantics and figurative potency of the dream lexeme.

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