Language Cultural Specificity of the Language Units “Cat” and “Dog” in English and Chinese Languages

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The article deals with the national and cultural features of zoonyms “cat” and “dog” in English and Chinese languages. The authors point out zoonyms’ main characteristics and their national cultural originality. Zoonyms represent the special features of national linguistic world view and values in the comparative analysis’ aspect The article represents interpretation of the language units in the monolingual explanatory dictionaries. The dictionary definitions of the terms phraseology and zoonym are given. The research is devoted to phraseology in the English and Chinese languages. The historical notes about the attitude toward cats and dogs in Britain and China are shown. Also some peculiarities of zoonyms function in English and Chinese animal fairy-tales are observed. Based on the differences the authors notice differences of phraseology between zoonyms “cat” and “dog”. Some examples in the English and Chinese languages are observed. The analysis represents universal and national specific semantic features of the present units in the languages so far as phraseology contains the most vivid representation of the national-cultural specificity of world view, connotative features and values peoples in Europe and Asia.

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Jerom Baghana

Belgorod State National Research University

Email: baghana@yandex.ru
Pobedy str., 85, Belgorod, Russia, 308015

Elena Sergeevna Iakovleva

Belgorod State National Research University

Email: elena.iakovleva@inbox.ru
Pobedy str., 85, Belgorod, Russia, 308015

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