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Polysemantics of Zoomorphic Images in Proverbs and Sayings of the English and Kazakh Languages

Author(s): Shara Mazhitaeva | Zhanar Omasheva

Journal: European Researcher
ISSN 2219-8229

Volume: 58;
Issue: 9-1;
Start page: 2247;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: proverbs | sayings | wolf’s image | dog’s image | totem.

The article is devoted to the study of zoomorphic images in proverbs and sayings of the English and Kazakh languages. The work studies and compares national specific features of Kazakh and English linguistic cultures. This knowledge is crucial for intercultural research. The paper is focused on comparative analysis of English and Kazakh proverbs, containing lexical units “wolf” and “dog”. The analysis detected polysemantic character of wolf and dog images in the studied languages. Similarities and differences of wolf and dog images reflect general and specific character of ethnic-oriented culturological constants, existing in consciousness of representatives of different ethnic groups.
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