Patterns of Imagery in Language
Of triangles, trapeziums and ethnolinguists: The linguistic worldview revisited
Adam Głaz, Katarzyna Prorok Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS)
The article is an attempt to verify the hypothesis that the concept of the linguistic worldview (LWV) developed by ethnolinguists affiliated with Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland, can be inscribed in the three apexes of Ogden and Richards’ semiotic triangle. In focus is the question of whether the ethnolinguistic description of the LWV concerns the real world. It is proposed that Ogden and Richards’ observations be reformulated in the form of a trapezium, while “the world” is understood not as the real world (because such is beyond human cognition), but as the world available to humans, the environment in which they live — i.e. the experienced/projected world that emerges thanks to human cognitive abilities, the conceptual world and the culture that encompasses the former two. Attention is also paid to the problems resulting from the adoption of onomasiological or semasiological approaches in ethnolinguistic analyses. The necessity of combining both approaches is postulated.
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