Is ugliness in the mind of the beholder? The conceptualization of ‘ugly’ across languages

Date/Time: Tue 10 Oct / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus


School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL)

Linguistics Seminar

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.

Please contract Melanie Burns on 9905 5454 for more information.

PRESENTER
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.


Date
Tuesday 10th October

Time
11:00am – 12:00pm

Venue
E561, 5th Floor, East Wing
 Menzies Building
20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton Campus

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