Date/Time: Tue 10 Oct / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL)
Is ugliness in the mind of the beholder? The conceptualization of ‘ugly’ across languages
The study addresses the question of conceptualization of ‘ugly’ in three European languages. Specifically, it investigates the polysemy, common collocations and spheres of application of the following words: English ugly, Russian nekrasivyj, Spanish feo/a, as the words that better represent negative aesthetic appraisal in these languages. Using corpus data as evidence, we propose semantic explications of the words in universal human concepts within the theoretical framework of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM). The study elaborates, describes and reveals similarities and differences in the perceptions of ‘ugly’ across the three languages in relation to the nouns modified by this concept.
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Dr Anna Gladkova is a Lecturer at the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at the Australian National University in 2008. Before joining Monash University in 2017, Anna Gladkova taught at the Australian National University, University of New England, University of Sussex and University of Brighton.
Tuesday 10th October
11:00am – 12:00pm
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