Counterpoints of Modern Phraseology. To the Anniversary of Prof. V.M. Mokienko

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The paper is timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the birth of Valery M. Mokienko, Doctor of Letters, Professor of Slavic Philology, Philology Department, St Petersburg State University, Honorary Chairman of the Phraseological Commission of the International Committee of Slavists. The paper reviews focal areas of the scholar’s research, lists his academic interests, the main of those being phraseology and phraseography. V.M. Mokienko proposed to detect dynamic interactions of contradictory properties of the phraseological system, to reveal the mechanism of phrase formation involving broad genetic and typological parallels to determine the nature of a phraseological unit. The method of structural and semantic modeling based on a detailed comparison of dialectal, Slavic and non-Slavic European idiomacy is the basis of modern theoretical and practical studies of the scientist’s followers. The trilogy of dictionaries edited by V.M. Mokienko distinguishes precise certification of units, references to synonymous turns, which makes it easier for the reader to navigate in the huge source material, outlines the parameters of the phraseological space close to the certified expression, and makes it possible to show the wealth of images of folk speech conveying the same semantics.

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Alexander Bierich

Trier University

Author for correspondence.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil, Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies

15, Universitätsring, Trier, Germany, 54296

Olga V. Lomakina

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN); St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University


Doctor of Philology, Professor, Department of General Linguistics and Slavic Studies, Faculty of Philology, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University (Russia); Professor, Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Philology, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

6, Miklukho Maclay Str., Moscow, Russian Federation, 117198; 23В, Novokuznetskaya Str., Moscow, Russian Federation, 109451

Elena K. Nikolaeva

Russian State Hydrometeorological University


Doctor of Philology, Professor, Professor and acting head of Russian Language Department for Humanitarian and Natural Faculties

79, Voronezhskaya ul., St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 192007

Elena I. Seliverstova

Saint Petersburg State University


PhD, Associate professor, Head of Russian Language Department

7/9, University Embank., St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 199034

Ludmila I. Stepanova

Palacký University Olomouc


Professor, CSc., Department of Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Arts

10, ul. Krzhizhkovskogo, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 77180


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