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Different languages, different cultures, different consciousnesses…

According to the Russian dictionary of association norms «the core» of Russian linguistic consciousness is represented by different values concerning individual life:

Association (reaction)

Number of stimuli causing this association (reaction)

Home, house ( Дом)

Life (Жизнь)

Money (Деньги)

Love (Любовь)

864

711

587

428

Having marshaled data processed by linguists of Novosibirsk State University, we got a list of the most frequent reactions (caused by the number of stimuli) which is the core of French linguistic consciousness:

Association (reaction)

Number of stimuli causing this association (reaction)

Life (Vie)

Love (Amour)

Man (Homme)

Well, good (Bien)

315

245

193

166

Comparing the core of Russian linguistic consciousness to the French one we scientifically prove the idea that the basis of every culture has its own system of values, meanings, social stereotypes and cognitive schemes (established by the method of fixation of the first response to one lexical stimulus: for more information see «Creation of the Verbal Association Thesaurus» – 05/02/2014).

http://dictaverf.nsu.ru/dict

*Русский ассоциативный словарь. В 2 т. / Ю.Н.Караулов, Г.А. Черкасова, Н.В. Уфимцева, Ю.А. Сорокин, Е.Ф. Тарасов. АСТ-Астрель, 2002. 784 с.

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2 thoughts on “Different languages, different cultures, different consciousnesses…

  1. Sometimes we cannot compare association dictionaries of two different languages just because of stimuli proposed by researchers: they can be too different. For example, ‘house’ or ‘home’ may be the reaction to ‘family’ or ‘safety’, what if these stimuli were not included to the list proposed to the English? So to carry out some «true» information the linguists all over the world should have some common stimuli list
    However you can probably find something here http://web.usf.edu/FreeAssociation/Intro.html

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