A Cultural Semantic and Ethnopragmatic Analysis of the Russian Praise Words Molodec and Umnica (with Reference to English and Chinese)

  • Anna Gladkova
Part of the Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics book series (YCLP, volume 1)


Using data from the Russian National Corpus the chapter explores the semantics and ethnopragmatics of two Russian praise words molodec and umnica. The methodology of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) is employed to formulate semantic explications of the words in question as well as cultural scripts as a reflection of underlying cultural ideas. Cultural specificity of the terms is established by comparison with other Russian cultural key words and ideas as well as comparison with their closest pragmatic equivalents in English (good boy/girl) and in Chinese (guāi). The investigation allows us to formulate culturally valued modes of behaviour in Russian.


Chinese Word Normal Expectation Cultural Information Cultural Script English Expression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Linguistics, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social SciencesThe University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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