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THE BASIC LEVEL OF TAXONOMY OF THE CONCEPT «VISUAL PERCEPTION» (THE CASE STUDY OF ENGLISH AND FRENCH VERBS)

The article deals with verb representation of visual perception in the English and French languages on the basis of construction of a complex cognitive model called the verb taxonomy of the concept VISUAL PERCEPTION. The model allows us to present a part of the lexical system of the English and French languages with account of the conceptual level, namely the concepts represented by verbs of visual perception. The semantic structure of the verbs of visual perception and conceptual characteristics of the corresponding concept that they represent helps to construct such hierarchy for both languages. The hierarchy has two levels characterized by a different degree of abstraction and specification. The analysis shows the linguistic and conceptual content of basic level and helps to understand the way native speakers conceptualize and categorize visually perceived objects. It is important to note that categorization of the perceptual process is mainly dependent on communicative conditions, i.e. verbal context. The research is carried out within the state task of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation № 2014/285 (Project № 2013).

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