I’M RIGHT, YOU’RE LEFT, IT’S WRONG a cognitive semantic investigation of the English word RIGHT
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The aim of the present article was to present the English word right as an example of radial category and to show the polysemious nature of the word. Polysemy is the phenomenon when a word has more than one meaning and the meanings can be brought to the main one - named prototype. On the basis of numerous examples collected from dictionaries of contemporary En¬glish language and language corpora of both, British and American, and etymological and histori¬cal analysis, the polysemious nature of the adjective right has been described. The article was written based on the assumptions of cognitive linguistics, and special attention was paid to the phenomenon of metaphor, which, as shown in the above analysis, often occurs in the uses of the word right.
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