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A Reflection of Man and Culture in Language and Literature

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Edited By Mária Matiová and Martin Navrátil

This book consists of scientific chapters devoted to innovative approaches to examination of anthropocentrism. It depicts human beings as physical, spiritual, social and cultural creatures perceived through the lingual and literary lens. The publication has an intercultural foundation, as it examines Slovak, Russian, German, English and Romanian languages.

The authors of the book discuss issues which transcend the boundaries of philological research. They apply knowledge from various fields, such as psychology, communication theory, aesthetics, mass media and other social sciences in order to obtain relevant scientific results. The authors present critical analyses and interpretations of contemporary theoretical and practical problems occurring in the selected areas of expertise, and outline the perspective research possibilities.

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The publication The Reflection of Man and Culture in Language and Literature contains a set of linguistic, didactic and literary articles introducing innovative approaches to the study of language and literature – phenomena which represent an inexhaustible source of as yet unrevealed secrets. Each chapter presents a new theme and thus contributes to the uncovering of various strands in philological research. The articles reflect the development in current academic research while making use of the latest research methods and approaches. Language and literature are not seen as static but as highly dynamic entities. This fact is reflected not only in the wide spectrum of topics covered in the chapters but also in their interdisciplinary character.

The authors discuss questions transcending the boundaries of philological research; in order to obtain relevant and scientific answers they reach into the field of psychology, communication theory, aesthetics, mass-media communication and other social sciences. The chapters present critical analyses and interpretations of current theoretical and practical problems in selected areas and outline perspectives on further research possibilities.

Chapters concentrated on the cognitive approach to the study of language view language as an immanent, natural part of human existence, based on anthropocentrism. In that sense, language is examined not only as an expressive means but primarily as a cognitive and socio-cultural phenomenon reflecting the interpretation of reality characteristic for a particular national community.

The publication includes comparisons, or confrontations, of linguistic phenomena but also analyses of lexical and phonological questions related...

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