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5. The conceptualisation of <i>remembering</i> and <i>forgetting</i> in Russian

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Abstract

The paper deals with the reconstruction of the Russian linguistic model of the memory by means of semantic analysis of Russian verbs denoting mental states of <i>remembering </i>and <i>forgetting </i>. In general, the semantics of Russian remembering/ forgetting verbs is structured by the analogy with the sphere of posessing/losing. In particular, the semantic analysis of Russian memory verbs provides evidence for differentiation of experiential and informational memory. The Russian verb<i>zabyt’ </i>(‘to forget’) demonstrates some striking peculiarities of aspectual behaviour which result from its semantics. In Russian there are at least three different ways of conceptualization of <i>forgetting </i>, the main of them being “the covering with something like mist, which gradually becomes more and more opaque”, which is present in the verb <i>zabyt’ </i>itself.

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