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DOI: 10.18413/2313-8912-2017-3-1-42-48

ETHNIC NICKNAMES FOR RUSSIANS IN UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN BLOGOSPHERES

The article describes ethnic nicknames and their functioning in “hate speech” amid escalating political tension between Russia and Ukraine in 2014-2017. The research is aimed at creating an onomasiological portrait of a typical Russian in the Ukrainian linguistic mentality. The author studies the ethnic nicknames selected from the city web forums of Belgorod (Russia) and Kharkov (Ukraine). The research is based on the conceptual analysis, definitional analysis, pragmalinguistic analysis, contextual analysis, etymological analysis, semantic analysis, and sociolinguistic analysis. In the course of the study, the author revealed the most productive means of formation of modern ethnic nicknames for Russians, described their characteristic features and some linguistically relevant ethno-cognitive units enabling to create an image of a contemporary Russian built up in the linguistic mentality of a typical Ukrainian and Russian web forums visitor. The results of the research may be applied in further studies in the spheres of sociolinguistics, ethnoconflictology, history, and political science.
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