Moskvichyova S.A. Category of polysemy in the light of essential characteristics of linguistic sign

Full text in Russian: Москвичева С.А. Категория полисемии через призму сущностных характеристик языкового знака
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Russia

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System attributes of language are shown through lexico-semantic category of polysemy. Form and content interdependence is demonstrated. Language simultaneous openness to the world and to the man is shown: language is considered both as an entire sign system and as a way of image of the world reflection and formulation. Language system capacity for self-evolution and self-regulation allows to describe it in terms of “symmetry / asymmetry”, “statics / dynamics” and “actual / virtual”. It is shown by example of lexico-semantic form of the word how every language category reflects all system attributes of the whole.

Keywords: polysemy, language system, linguistic sign, language stability and variability


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities (Russia) and CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), project 09-06-95321а/fr.

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Received 5 February 2010. Date of publication: 29 April 2010.

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Moskvichyova Svetlana A. Ph.D., Faculty of Russian language and educational disciplines, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, ul. Miklukho-Maklaya, 6, 117198 Moscow, Russia.
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Moskvichyova, S. A. (2010). Category of polysemy in the light of essential characteristics of linguistic sign. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2(10). Retrieved from 0421000116/0017. [in Russian, abstr. in English].

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Moskvichyova S.A. Category of polysemy in the light of essential characteristics of linguistic sign [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2010. N 2(10). URL: (date of access: 0421000116/0017. [in Russian, abstr. in English]

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