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2004 | 128 | 1 | 1-10

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The concept of 'motherland' in the Hungarian linguistic image of the world

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'Motherland' is the name or call word of a cognitive domain that has become fixed in the Hungarian linguistic image of the world in terms of a view of the world that is characteristic of Hungarian language and culture. The internal taxonomy of that concept is made up of six domains referred to by the following lexemes: 'haza' (one's own country), 'hon' (otthon) (home(land)), 'anyaország' (mother country), 'anyaföld' (mother earth), 'szülohaza' (land of birth), 'szüloföld' (native soil). The basic dimension of the Hungarian concept of 'motherland' is space. In the centre of that space stands the 'house' that can be taken to be the prototype, in the sense of ancient model, of 'motherland'. The lexemes listed above all have the semantic field of 'anya' (mother) in their background. 'Mother' can be seen as the archetype of 'motherland' in the sense that the latter is grounded in the conceptual structures of the former and has a strong generative potential. The authors reconstruct the linguistic image of the concept of 'motherland' on the basis of a large linguistic material and cover some axiological aspects as well.



  • J. Banczerowski, no address given, contact the journal editor


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