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The article is devoted to research of worldview features of the British-American army society representative in the mirror of military phraseology. The relevance of the work stems from modern linguistics’ need for a comprehensive analysis of mentality problems of the military subculture members as an integral part of the national culture of the US and the UK. After studying the content of lexicographic sources, the author finds the presence of special images in the idioms, which are being used by representa-tives of the British-American military society, reflecting the specific worldview of the military personnel, formed under the influence of peculiarities of the army society and performed military tasks. On the basis of fundamental works by of V.A. Maslova “Lingvoculture” (2001), V.N. Telia “Russian phraseology. Se-mantic, pragmatic and linguocultural aspects” (1996), Yu.N. Karaulov “Russian language and linguistic personality” (2010) and other works, the author explores the issue of ethnic mentality reflection in native speakers phraseology and the social conditions of functioning of military phraseological units in British-American military subculture. The author not only emphasizes the common military phraseology and general phraseology of nation, but also the conditions of implementation of speech material in the language of professional soldiers, which allow us to consider the peculiarities of the soldiers’ language world picture, to reveal moral attitudes and values, to study ethnic mentality in the phraseological semantics. The article concludes that the studied phraseological units are mostly sarcastic, humorous, represent jocular attitude towards various aspects of soldier’s life, which confirms the fact of liberating power of laughter in deal-ing with stress and psychological tension.

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Ekaterina V Lupanova

Military University of the Russian Defence Ministry

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Lupanova Ekaterina Vyacheslavovna, adjunct of the English department in Military university of the Russian defense ministry; Interests: language theory, lingvoculture, psycholinguistics

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