Athropocentricity and ethnocentricity of languages and cultures within the frames of current science


The article illustrates the anthropocentric phenomenon dealt within the frames of languages and cultures. The broadest understanding of this fact as a fixation and analysis of universal characteristics of both, settling upon the four basic principles of current science with the fundamental, integral, pragmatic and humanistic nature of the latter, allows the author to submit personal understanding of anthropocentrism - ethnocentrism dichotomy components f which are seen not such as opposing units, but as a creation of complementary and interrelated unit. The English language and culture phenomenon of PRIVACY and related issues (Nominality, Doublespeak, Understatement, Hedges, language and culture distancization view of the world) reveal the signs of Anglo-Saxon ethnocentrism. Yet, this phenomenon is seen by the author as an attribute of anthropocentric nature and an indication of the power and potentials of languages and cultures as such.

A A Jioeva
Moscow State University n.a. M.V. Lomonosov Leninskiye Gory, 1, Moscow, Russia, 119991

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